: What are your top twenty expectations for your pastor? Now multiply your list by the number of people who attend church with you. Is it any wonder pastors are overwhelmed and underappreciated? They're expected to know every member...
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What are your top twenty expectations for your pastor? Now multiply your list by the number of people who attend church with you. Is it any wonder pastors are overwhelmed and underappreciated?
They're expected to know every member by name, preach a "home run sermon" every Sunday, condemn sin without hurting anyone's feelings, and be available to serve others 24/7 while not neglecting their own family. The intensity of these expectations and lack of appreciation can and does bring the majority of pastors to a place of despair and ultimately departure from pastoral ministry. This practical field guide offers tangible ways to better understand and care for the pastor who cares so deeply about you.
- :<div>to The Pastor<br> To The Congregation<br> Introduction: Why The State Of Pastors Should Matter To You<br><br> Chapter 1: Your Pastor Needs A Champion: It Could Be You<br> Chapter 2: Twenty-four&ndash;hour Pastor: Allow Your Pastor To Be A Real Person<br> Chapter 3: Pastor Superman: Managing Expectations<br> Chapter 4: Capacity: It&rsquo;s Limited<br> Chapter 5: Friendship With Your Pastor: It&rsquo;s Not For Most<br> Chapter 6: Pastoral Compensation: Reflecting God&rsquo;s Generosity<br> Chapter 7: The Pastors Spouse: Life In A Minefield<br> Chapter 8: The Pastor&rsquo;s Family: Kids As Collateral Damage<br> Chapter 9: Conflict: It&rsquo;s Inevitable<br><br> Follow-up: What&rsquo;s At Stake<br> Acknowledgments<br> Appendix A: Vision Of A Healthy Church: A Case Study Of Friendswood Community Church<br> Appendix B: Praying For Your Pastor: Why Is It So Important?<br> Appendix C: 35 Practical Ways To Lovingly Support Your Pastor<br> Resources<br> End Notes/bibliography<br> About The Authors</div>