Next generation pastors—senior pastors in their 20s and 30s who are growing in influence and impact—must deal with a variety of stresses and struggles in order to create a balance between the demands of a busy schedule and a growing congregation all while maintaining spiritual vitality.
Leadership Network’s concept paper, Creating a Culture of Balance: A Mandate for Next Generation Pastors, previously published by Pat Springle, explores this important topic.
Here are some great quotes from the paper:
“Young successful spiritual leaders experience enormous pressures.”
“The real struggle comes from too much stress. Moderate levels of stress actually bring out the best in leaders.”
“There are always more people to reach and more believers to disciple.”
“For pastors under pressure, one of the first character qualities to slip away is genuine care for the hurting.”
“Stress seems to surface in short tempers with family and staff.”
“As stress continues to mount, anger becomes a way of life instead of a momentary emotion.”
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