I’ve only been a pastor for a short time, but I’ve noticed this expectation on pastors to be more than they are or can be. Pastors seem to be expected to not only do their job, but to grow their ministry numerically, to plan events, programs, and ministry opportunities and maintain a healthy home as well. Being a multi-tasker is almost a must for the modern day pastor and some pastors have it worse than others.
I’m a little biased because I’m in Youth Ministry but, Youth Pastors are often expected to:
preach twice a week,
plan games for at least their mid-week service,
plan a small group ministry for their students
lead a small group,
plan a calendar full of fun events,
organize camps and retreats,
as well as spend time with students
and if married have a healthy marraige
and if they have children, be a good father/mother
I’m not trying to make excuses for pastors (or YPs specifically) but wow that seems like a lot, and I forgot to mention that pastors also have to maintain a healthy spiritual life. I’m kinda freakin’ my self out here, thats a lot of expectations. In Youth Ministry should we actually expect all this? Do students need a pastor that is running in 20 different directions to sit down with them to listen (or pretend to?) Or do students need a pastor that is well connected to God, and truly ready to listen and pour into them? Do students need programs or relationships? Do they need calendars or presence? Do they need knowledge or God?