There is no perfect job where you are head over heels in love with everything your job entails. In any and every job there are things you just don’t like to do, or are not very good at doing.

For pastors there are certain things they just don’t like about being a “Pastor.” Marcus Buckingham says that the goal with any job is to do what you can so that “The best of your job is the most of your job.”  That what you are good at and like doing is where you are spending the lion’s share of your time.

Here from Chuck Lawless are things that many pastors don’t like about their jobs. You have some choices. Get better at some of these things. Delegate some of these things to others who would enjoy them more than you do. Find ways to minimize the amount of time you spend on things that steal your joy and eat your lunch.

Originally posted by Chuck Lawless

Wow. It was just a simple question, I thought: “Pastors, what two things do you like LEAST about your job?” The responses were quick and numerous, however. Responses ranged from “church discipline” to “mean people” to “social club mentality” to “completing paperwork.”

Here are the top twelve responses to this Facebook and Twitter survey:

Criticism and conflict. These pastors struggle when church members continually complain or foster conflict in the body.

Unrealistic expectations. Some pastors said they placed the expectations on themselves, but most felt they could not live up to expectations imposed by others.

Committees and administration. I don’t know many pastors who like these components, and the survey confirmed my experience.

Little family time. Evening appointments, holiday preaching schedules, and other commitments get in the way of family time.

Unreliable volunteers. Even when they make verbal commitments, church volunteers sometimes don’t come through.

Loneliness. I wish this one weren’t on the list, but it’s there. Pastors still feel isolated and friendless.

Business meetings. This was not a surprise (though I thought it might be higher on the list). For some pastors, a business meeting always carries the potential for conflict.  

Power families. Families that seemingly control and “own” the church frustrate pastors who want to lead.

Member apathy. Comfortable church folks who don’t want to change — whether it’s buying into a new vision, desiring discipleship, deepening their faith, or adopting a new worship style – lead to pastoral anguish.

Broken homes. Pastors grieve when members make sinful decisions that cost them their home. 

Hypocrisy. No church leaders are pleased to see members say one thing, but live another way. 

Budgets. Preparing budgets is time-consuming work, and worrying about living up to them can be mind and heart consuming.