It’s a naive person who believes that working in a church is all fluffy clouds and puppies. I once worked with a church secretary who left “a stressful job” to work in our church office, imagining it would be all-peace-all-the-time.
She imagined wrong.
One of the phenomena of working in an institutional church is that some people believe they can be utterly crankitudinous human beings – or worse – and everyone else believes we have to put up with it in the name of holy peacekeeping.
Occasionally pastors are the target of gossip, misinformation, and slander. People yell at us or leave nasty notes. I once had a hymnal thrown at me after an Ash Wednesday service.
But we pastors must be grown ups.
I’m not saying that pastors have to be doormats. But we are charged with being spiritual leaders and training others to be spiritual leaders. We are the last people who get to be @*#0!%s in our churches. Even if we don’t like our people, we are expected to love them. It’s not easy.
A friendly reminder to my pastor friends dealing mean people this week.