335 – Overcoming Unrealistic Expectations of Your Rural Church

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In this show I’m going to label a few common areas in which churches place unbiblical and unrealistic expectations upon their pastors and I will share how you can overcome them.

  1. Time

Many churches think that because they have a “full-time” pastor it literally means they have a full-time pastor.

  1. Workload

The pastor is expected to do pretty much everything in the church.

  1. Money

It’s not uncommon for churches to have an expectation of what a pastor should view as an acceptable standard of living.

  1. Family roles

It’s not just the pastor we have hired, but we also get access to their spouse and sometimes their kids as well.

  1. Activities/interests outside of church

The pastor needs to be careful about how they spend their time outside of their church role.

How do you overcome this?

  • Learn to see your church as just ONE of your clients, and not your employer.
  • Be willing to have an honest conversation with the leadership in which you set healthy boundaries for yourself and your family.
  • Be willing to LEAVE a toxic environment and move into a much healthier place!

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