Post by Tiffany Cooper
The topic of discouragement has been heavy on my heart as I talk with many pastors’ wives. Regardless of the church size, leadership style, or location, a huge percentage of pastors and pastors’ wives are dealing with feelings of discouragement. It’s painful to watch individuals who were once filled with enthusiasm and passion, now lose confidence and hope.
Matthew Barnett discusses this issue in his blog post The Cure for Discouraged Pastors.
Discouragement abounds in the life of a pastor. Every week it’s a battle to make budget, keep peace in an organization, and stay fresh and motivated yourself to keep pouring more of your life into everyone and everything. If any pastor is honest they have visited the idea more than once of, “Why don’t I just quit.”
Maranatha Life did a pastoral study in 2002. Although the statistics are dated, they are interesting. Statistics About Pastors. Here are a few:
- 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
- 50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
- 80% of pastors’ wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they are really not.
- 70% felt God called them to pastoral ministry before their ministry began, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called.
Next week we’ll discuss how to deal with discouragement. But today we want you to know that you’re not alone! This community of women at Leading and Loving It is supporting you with love and compassion today. We’ve all had moments of discouragement and understand how they can impact you and your family. Just don’t walk through discouragement alone, lean on us.
Sometimes you just need to know that you’re not alone. Please let us know if you’re feeling discouraged. How can we support you today?