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7 Common Frustrations That Cripple Pastors

Let's take a trip down memory lane.

Do you remember how excited you were when you took this job as a pastor? You didn't go in blind; life is always hard when it involves broken people in a broken world. But you were convinced this was the place and these were the people you were supposed to lead. 

This job was an assignment straight from God. This job was how and where you were going to make a difference.

So what happened?

Will You Be Watching March Madness When You Should Be Working?

Will You Be Watching March Madness When You Should Be Working?

Instead of spending my time doing things that are worth $25, $50, $100, $500 per hour, you and me and plenty of other people will use that time and invest emotional energy in a guessing game where I may not even break even.

On one level, March Madness really isn’t that big of a deal. Most companies don’t crack down on employees, citing benefits to morale that may produce higher levels of productivity later on.

But on a more significant level, it’s another illustration of a massive problem that I see in my work as a performance coach.

You don’t know how to get it all done.

If You're Busy, These Four Rules Will Multiply Your Time

If You're Busy, These Four Rules Will Multiply Your Time

We all know how busy life can be for church leaders. 

As summer winds down, there's gonna be a day when you look at your task list, and your calendar and simply can't fit it all in.  I totally get it. Leading a church, enjoying your family and friends and all the other stuff that goes into a healthy life. All of it matters! But there just doesn't seem to be enough time to make it all happen.

Do You Hate Meetings? This Will Help.

Do You Hate Meetings? This Will Help.

Imagine a meeting where you wrestle with a long-term strategic issue before deciding what kind of toilet paper to buy for the bathrooms in the children's ministry area. That evolves into a pastoral conversation about a family who is thinking about leaving the church because they don't like the church's children's ministry. Which leads to an impromptu performance review of the children's minister. That in turn leads to a 'season of prayer' for bitter families and bumbling staff members.

Sound familiar?

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