Being a pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, or apostle is not the easiest of professions. I’m going to share some of the downsides of being a minister, and this probably applies to all kinds of leadership positions.
Being a minister is an amazing experience. Ministering the gospel is awesome. There is no job like it in the world, to go out and minister the word to people. But we need to be aware of the downside as well.
The demands in ministry are huge. You may be woken up at midnight because someone in your congregation has a problem. You are on call 24 seven. There is always someone who has a problem and someone who is going to put you down. Always someone who is going to come against you, normally the people you have put the most time and effort into.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. You will be expected to have all the answers to everyone’s problems, but you do not. At times you will feel overwhelmed and frustrated. You are expected to be at the top of your game all the time, and it is not possible. There is a saying, “a preacher is only as good as his last sermon.” This is how your preaching will be judged. You will spend hours in preparation and sometimes it is just not going to make the grade, but you need to bounce back. When
your sermon is good, you will be elated and celebrated.
Everything you do will be scrutinized, mostly unfairly, either in your favor or against you. Most of your congregation will love you and stand with you. It is the minority who will oppose you. We must be faithful servants of God. We do this by serving others, which means we often must sacrifice our own needs.
Revelation 2:10 NLT Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The Devil will throw some of you into prison and put you to the test. You will be persecuted for ‘ten days.’ Remain faithful even when facing death, and I will give you the crown of life.