A highly respected and long-tenured pastor called to talk about some of the issues he was facing in leading his good and healthy congregation. He said pastoral ministry had never been more challenging — with issues on the table that were not imagined earlier in his career.
This effective pastoral leader wanted to know if the challenges being encountered by his congregation were unique to their setting.
He mentioned financial issues — especially as they related to budgeting for congregational needs and determining the best course for supporting missions beyond the church. Then he wondered aloud about addressing staff concerns: how many and what kind of ministries need professional leadership over volunteers?