The Glass I Can’t Put Down: Behind the Curtain of Pastoral Ministry

I get asked fairly often, “What’s it like being a pastor?”.

Here’s my best attempt at pulling back the curtain and answering that question.

Pastoring is like walking around night and day with a full glass of water that you can never put down. When you wake up, you are immediately aware of this glass in your hand. During the day it is your sole focus as you care for this glass you’ve been given to treasure.

When you come home to your family the water in your glass sloshes around as you play with your kids. This extra glass is at the table as you eat dinner with your family in the evening. You have a firm grip on this glass of ministry as a movie is watched or book is read before bed. Many times it is the very last thought you have about before you drift off to sleep.

You can never put this glass down.

You don’t clock in, because you can never clock out. This is a lifestyle, not a profession. It’s a privilege, not a burden. It’s hard work, but worth every minute. As Paul wrote to Timothy, ” The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” (1 Tim 3:1). I’m praying that many more will answer the call to come and pick up this sacred mission of the Church.

Is there a glass waiting for you?

Your turn! Are there other questions you’ve been curious about in regards to pastoral ministry? I’d love to hear from you below.


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