Pastor Jeff in South Carolina called my office a few days ago and seemed troubled – almost depressed. He knew his spiritual relationship with God was good and he knew that the members seemed to like him and his family. However, there was lethargy in the air at his Church, and even he seemed to struggle to maintain the excitement and energy that had always been present in his ministry.
What Pastor Jeff is experiencing is nothing new. Most Pastors encounter it at some time in their ministry. The Pastors of large Churches seem to not experience it – they do, but they have other staff that absorbs the brunt of it, while the Pastor takes extended Sabbaticals.