I remember hearing John Maxwell say, years ago... "in ministry, you have to lead like you don't have to survive. You don't have to survive." I would say, in ministry, you may survive, but you won't get away unscathed. There will always be enough hurt to go around in ministry.
And, that's okay! Even though people will do us dirty, that's okay, we can just make pretend they didn't. Now, don't hear me promoting psychological malpractice. We should not be looking for pain, nor should we allow people to walk all over us. But our response is quite important.
In this episode I quote from The Gift of Disillusionment - Enduring Hope For Leaders After Idealism Fades by Peter Greer and Chris Horst. It's a great book, check it out!
Jeff Keady has been a pastor for 35 years and podcaster to pastors for 9 years - Coaching For Pastors is his latest podcast!