Why are you doing this alone?
That question is printed on a card that sits on my desk every day. It reminds me not to fall into the trap that too many Small Church pastors get caught in.
Being a Small Church pastor is one of the loneliest, most stress-filled positions in the world. We have all the work and responsibilities of our big church counterparts, but we operate with a sliver of the staff, the money and the time.
People come to us for answers and comfort, but we often have nobody we can go to when we need answers or comfort ourselves. The stress builds and our health and effectiveness falters.
I’m not stating this as a complaint, but to set the stage for the need to deal with this challenge in a healthy way. In today’s post I’ll pose four reasons why most of us spend too much time alone, followed by three simple ways to break that unhealthy cycle.
Why Do Small Church Pastors Do So Much of Their Work Alone?
1. Lack of Time and Money
Conferences, seminars, golf, even a lunch meeting costs more money and time than most Small Church pastors can afford.
For those who work a second job, or if pastoring is their second job, it’s even harder.