Pastor: Best Job Ever

carol-howard-merrittCarol Howard Merritt, a Presbyterian pastor and the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation (2007 – read my review here) and Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation (2010 – read my review here), recently shared her list of 10 reasons why being a pastor is the best job ever.  It included

  • relating to anyone,
  • writing, and
  • variety.

So What?

Pastoral ministry is one of the more diverse professional pursuits.  While many immediately think of a pastor serving a local congregation (and often as a solo pastor), increasing numbers do ministry in other contexts.  For me, all such experiences have including incredible amounts of writing (and speaking) as well as amazing variety.  And, as a whole, they have taught me an important life lesson: how to relate to anyone.

As I pondered what I might add to Merritt’s list, I considered many possibilities.  The additions I would be most likely to suggest are

  • people, people, and people (something like location, location, location is to real estate),
  • recruiting, equipping, evaluating, and celebrating volunteers (anyone who has ever had to “fire” a volunteer understands how handling human resources matters with volunteers differs from doing so with paid staff), and
  • enjoying incredible meals (certainly a contributor to a negative: many overweight ministers).

Pastoral ministry can be hard work, but it is also the best job I have ever had.

  • What is the best job you have ever had?
  • Share something positive about pastoral ministry.


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