How To Navigate Your Calling as a Pastor


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An encouraging short presentation for pastors to read when they are tired, discouraged, burned out, or ready to quit. Statistics say that pastors have high expectations placed upon them that result in feelings of stress and pressure. This presentation gives 5 common problems pastors feel, and then 5 solutions from God's word to help you reinvigorate your call to the ministry. God bless you!

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How To Navigate Your Calling as a Pastor

  1. 1. How to Navigate Your Calling as a Pastor By Pastor Lee McFarland
  2. 2. How does the average pastor feel on a Monday morning? By Pastor Lee McFarland
  3. 3. 1. By Pastor Lee McFarland Tired.
  4. 4. Researchers say a pastor expends the same amount of energy delivering one sermon as most people expend in 30 hours at a regular job. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  5. 5. 2. By Pastor Lee McFarland TOO Busy.
  6. 6. Most pastors… • Work 60 hours/week • Have 1 day off/week • Have little time for:  family marriage rest By Pastor Lee McFarland
  7. 7. 3. Pressure d. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  8. 8. Pastors are expected to be: • Godly, spiritual & humble • Great communicators • Brilliant business leaders • Compassionate caregivers • Friendly and social By Pastor Lee McFarland
  9. 9. 4. EXCITED ABOUT THE Good THINGS. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  10. 10. Pastors are full of FAITH: • Expecting great things • Relying on God “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s favor.” - Pastor Rick By Pastor Lee McFarland
  11. 11. 5. BUT, WONDERIN G IF IT’S Worth It All. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  12. 12. Charisma magazine poll of 3,000 pastors:  80% say that pastoral ministry has had a negative effect on their children.  97% of pastors say they were inadequately trained for the challenges they face.  70% say they constantly fight depression. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  13. 13. Charisma magazine poll of 3,000 pastors:  70% say they feel underpaid.  65% say they have thought about quitting the ministry within the last 30 days.  70% say they do not have someone they consider a close friend. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  14. 14. SO…. You might be asking yourself… Why AM I IN THE Ministry? By Pastor Lee McFarland
  16. 16. 1. Submittin g MYSELF TO GOD’S Leading. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  17. 17. “It ’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. ” (Msg) Ephes. 1:11
  18. 18. 2. Opening MYSELF TO GOD’S Holy By Pastor Lee McFarland
  19. 19. “And in the same way – by our faith – the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don ’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such Romans 8:26-27 (Living) feeling that is cannot be expressed in words.
  20. 20. And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God ’s own will. ” Romans 8:26-27 (Living)
  21. 21. 3. Giving MYSELF TO GOD’S People. By Pastor Lee McFarland
  22. 22. “Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me? ’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you. ’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep. ’” John 21:16 (NIV)
  23. 23. 4. Challengin g MYSELF WITH GOD’S By Pastor Lee McFarland
  24. 24. “The master said, ‘Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house full! ’” Luke 14:23 (Msg)
  25. 25. 5. Rechargin g MYSELF WITH GOD’S By Pastor Lee McFarland
  26. 26. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. ” Philip. 2:13 (NLT)