Dear Pastor, your church has serious problems if…

It always saddens me when I see churches begin to unravel at the seams. I know that pastors have very challenging jobs. There are usually many warning sings that the pastor never notices.

I decided to put together a little list of warning signs that pastors should be aware of. Some items on this list are done in fun, while others are a little more serious.

Dear pastor, your church has serious problems if…

  • The seat you sit in every Sunday is worth more than the entire church building.
  • There are more people in the hallway than in the sanctuary while you are preaching.
  • Your ministerial staff only attends Sunday morning service.
  • The most dedicated usher in your congregation is the “mean” usher.
  • The youth choir consists of 30 and 40 year olds.
  • It takes 1 hour to lift an offering.
  • You are constantly trying to copy other pastors and other churches.
  • The building fund thermometer has been at the same level for 5 years.
  • The youth leader is 80 years old.
  • Your members don’t know you have a weeknight service.
  • Your members don’t respect your spouse.
  • All of your sermons need to be approved by the trustee board before you preach them.
  • Members only attend when certain people are leading worship.
  • Members are constantly saying “I can’t afford to go to church this Sunday.”

What do you think? Is there anything else that you would like to add to the list?

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  • Ann Brock

    Hey Cliff I like your list…”The youth choir consists of 30 and 40 year old”. WOW!

  • Cliff

    Thanks Ann. Believe it or not, this happens.

  • Barbrah Kelley

    Here’s one…When your members are forced to buy Chicken Dinners after it was mandatory to partictipate in purchasing everything needed to prepare it.

  • Cliff

    Wow! That is a shame. I hope you aren’t speaking from personal experience.

  • Trina

    Mr. Cliff these are too funny, but unfortunately true. So here’s a couple for your list…When the Pastor looks to the Youth Pastor to dole out correction for fear of losing His job and…when the Pastor has to ask the Diaconte to sit together during Worship services and they take a vote on it (Robert’s Rule, of course)and decide only to honor this request on Communion Sunday.

  • Janice King

    I experienced the chicken dinner thing. But I found freedom when I learned to let the Holy Ghost dictate my giving.No longer bound to that mandatory thing, except for it being mandatory to let the Holy Spirit lead and quide you. Here is one that hurt me the most, when the members are indwelled with the Holy Ghost and the Pastor does not have the Holy Ghost and expect you to obey them rather that God. Thats a tough place to be when you were tought to obey leadership! And when you can be mean as the devil, torementing the saints, no respect for prayer or for the worship service, but you are highly praised because of the cakes and pies you bake to bring money into the church where as those who choose to sit at Jesus feet, live Holy and serve people are counted as nothing and get labled as lazy and not with the program.

  • Deborahzen

    Judement is coming fast on these tv preachers. Get away from them or you will recieve the judgement as well… Go home, through away all their written created materials (books, cds,etc) and hold to the holy bible only! Fast and pray- seek the spirit of truth, because these men & woman preachers DO NOT have the “Spirit of Truth!”10/17/2010 2:35 pm

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