Life Changes and Life Challenges

For every pastor, and for every church, life brings both changes and challenges.  If you consider ustwowhat happened to Paul on the road to Damascus, that was a major, life changing event.  Because of that life changing event, he would go through tremendous trials – life challenges.  2 Corinthians 11:24-28 explain his life challenges.  “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

Now we will not necessarily go through those same challenges, but sometime we feel like we have.  It is those challenges which tear apart churches, tear apart families, tear apart marriages – even the family and marriage of the pastor.

Guess what – that’s not healthy.  it isn’t healthy for the church, for the pastor, or for the pastor’s family.  The result is that the average pastor in a Baptist church stays for about 3 1/2 years.  Then he is gone, either seeking grass that is greener with a different flock, or out of the ministry all together.  This means that life changes because life challenges.  Yet the challenges never seem to get any easier.

There are things the church can do, things the pastor can do that will relieve some of the burden placed on the pastor.  Some are behavioral.  Some are practical.  Some are monetary.  All will help the pastor.  This is where CMG4Life comes in.  Our desire is to help.  Please feel free to check out our website and take advantage of the resources we have available.  We pray, we ask, expecting God to work.  He has in our lives.  We trust he will in your life as well.

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