Note: This does not mean all young pastors, but there is a trend among some almost as soon as they get into their district to look elsewhere for ministry opportunities outside of the pastorate.
1. Pastors study/train 4-6 years to learn how to be Pastors [people who equip others for ministry]: not to become firefighters [putting out constant squabbles at church] or kindergarten teachers [separating adults that act like 5-year-olds].
2. Working/Living in a dying church that is in a dying community. It’s one thing to try and get people to reach out to their community, but when there is no community…
3. After a sporadic week of visits and meetings, a job with set hours can be mighty appealing.
4. Unappreciative congregations. While I personally am blessed in my congregations, it is discouraging when Pastor Appreciation Month goes by and no one even says “thank you.”
5. Weird Parishioners.
6. Your congregation[s] don’t match your personal or theological personality making it hard to build relationships.
7. You have so many churches all you have time to do is maintain not grow them because the laity still thinks pastors are the key to church growth.
8. You get stuck doing what the congregation is supposed to be doing.
9. Sometimes you feel like you are the only person you interact with that has managed to make good choices in life.
10. Disillusionment: pastoring isn’t as prestigious, profitable, or productive as they were led to believe.