One of the ladies from Emmanuel passed this on. It certainly struck a chord with me and thought I’d pass it along.
Pastor’s have a tough job. They get more kicks than kisses.
If a pastor is young he lacks experience.
If he’s grey-haired he’s too old.
If has has five kids he has too many. If he has none he’s setting a bad example.
If his wife sings in the choir she’s being forward; if not she’s not dedicated enough.
If he preaches from notes he’s dry; if he’s extemporaneous he’s too shallow.
If he spends too much time in his study he’s neglecting his people; if he makes home visits he’s not a good manager.
If he’s attentive to the poor he’s grandstanding; if he attends to the wealthy he’s ingratiating.
If he suggests improves he’s a dictator; if he doesn’t he has no vision.
If he uses too many illustrations he neglects the Bible; if he doesn’t use enough stories, he’s unclear.
If he speaks against wrong he’s legalistic; if he doesn’t he’s a compromiser.
If he preaches for an hour he’s windy; less than that, he has nothing to say.
If he preaches truth he’s offensive; if he doesn’t he’s wishy-washy.
If he fails to please everybody he’s hurting the church; if he tries to please everybody he has no convictions.
If he preaches tithing he’s a money-grabber; if not, he’s failing to develop his people.
If he receives a large salary he’s mercenary; if he doesn’t it proves he’s not worth much.
If he preaches on a regular basis, people get tired of hearing the same person; if he invites guest preachers he’s shirking his responsibility.
Wow! And you thought your pastor had an easy life. How’d you like to changes places? Bottom line: love your pastor.