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A Distraction for Pastors?

Oct. 9, 2015By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Lifeway Research recently polled over 1000 pastors on the biggest distractions they face. The most significant distraction – dealing with critics.

slide3Here are the numbers:

•79% of pastors say critics distract them from their ministries. Nearly 40% strongly agree that they do.
•Though pastors of all church sizes felt this way, pastors of churches with over 250 in worship attendance were more likely to struggle with the critics.
•48% of pastors say conflict among staff and/or key lay leaders is a significant distraction.
•Pastors in the South are more likely to have conflict among staff and/or key lay leaders than pastors in other regions.

It is a fascinating find, because a distraction is classified as something that is not part of what you should be doing. For example, to say problem solving is a distraction if your job is to be a leader, would be to dismiss part of your job description.

Everyone who has ever lived has had to deal with conflict. Christians tend to flee it through denial or flight, but those responses tend to makes things worse. Conflict is an opportunity for ministry if done well. A distraction? Sometimes. Moments for ministry? Always.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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