Pastoral Burdens: The biggest problems you’re probably facing right now…

Sometimes being a pastor is a lonely and thankless job. In fact, pastors and church leaders face a unique set of burdens different from all other professions.

Recently Chuck Lawless from Southeastern University compiled a list of twelve burdens that he most often sees pastors and church leaders carrying.  See if any of these resonate with you today:

  1. Declining church growth
  2. Losing the support of friends
  3. Grieving a fall
  4. Sensing that the sermon went nowhere
  5. Losing vision
  6. Being lonely
  7. Dealing with unsupportive staff
  8. Remembering failures
  9. Dealing with death recurrently
  10. Facing personal jealousies
  11. Balancing family and ministry priorities
  12. Responding to criticism

Read more details on each on of these at Thom Rainer’s blog right there…

What is YOUR biggest burden right now?  If you care to share, please leave a comment below…



  • Sam February 23, 2015 Reply

    Financial pressure. I’m surprised I’m the only one.

  • m.crosswhite February 23, 2015 Reply

    Church plant stagnation, financial stress and parent illness (Alzheimer’s decline).

  • Keith February 23, 2015 Reply

    What are churches that don’t give the ministry responsibility to the members
    and the pastors role is leadership.
    Since a very large majority of pastors say they lack the gift of leadership is there any reason why we should be shocked by diagnosis? Empower, encourage, and constantly be casting the vision of what a healthy church looks like when a parts of the body are carrying their load.

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