Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's tough to be flexible when you have so many scars

We're lonely, and we play it safe.

That's the finding of a survey done by the Barna Group. As reported in Leadership magazine:
  • 61% of the pastors surveyed reported difficulty in "creating and maintaining personal relationships."
  • What's more, a pastor's willingness to take risks drops markedly after 20 years in the ministry -- and this is especially true of pastors who've been in the same church for 20 years or more.
"Most people in most careers tend to train during the years when they're 20 to 30 years old, try to grab the entire world by the horns when they're 30 to 40, and then 'settle in' from 40 to 50, or after about 20 years. It's no different for pastors," says Dr. Neil Wiseman, a former professor of pastoral development at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs.
Wiseman gives four reasons for this "settling in": fatigue, boredom, lack of motivation, and fear of getting fired at an age when it's difficult to find another job.

Click on the title of this post for the article.

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