Confessions of an Insignificant Pastor is a loaded title. Dr. Mark Elliott has written about real life pastors in real
life ministries – places where the “mega-church” hasn’t birthed it’s first baby yet … and doesn’t look like it will.
Elliott mentions some amazing statistics in the preface … statistics that drove him to write this book.
- Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month!
- 80% of ministers feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
- 80% of new pastors will leave the ministry within their first five years!
- 80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession and feel their ministry spouse is overworked.
- 70% of pastors constantly battle with depression!
- 50% of ministers would leave the ministry if they had another way of earning an income!
- 85-90% of pastors said their greatest problem is dealing with problem people and disgruntled people.
This book is written to you, the pastor who “feels like a nobody from nowhere.” InConfessions he tells us why pastors feel so insignificant. He sights issues like pastors not knowing exactly what they are doing and the emotional baggage pastors carry. Chapter titles like, “Size Matters Too Much to Me,” “I Work Too Much” and then “I’m Not Bill, Andy, Rick or Ed,” reflect the realities of ministerial life in the trenches.
In a rather honest chapter (I mean they all are, but this one seems to me to be evenmore right on) entitled, “I’m Disillusioned by the Ministry,” Elliott ponders the idea that, “Perhaps the bill of goods we are sold from the local church pulpit and our Bible colleges lead us to make some false assumptions about how easy, safe, and positive ministry can be.” He then explores the hope and healing such a revelation can bring to the pastor who feels insignificant.
This is a great book; One whose time is long overdue! You will want to read it for three reasons:
- It’s real
- It’s practical
- It’s encouraging!
Mark Elliott is a man with a variety of ministry experience as a youth pastor, worship pastor, outreach pastor, small group pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. He has pastored in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, and Wisconsin. He has served in churches as small as three and as large as six thousand. Elliott has ministered abroad in 15 countries. He has two earned Master of Arts degrees and an earned Doctor of Ministry degree.
During a thirty-year career in pastoral ministry, Mark Elliott has written and produced religious radio broadcasts, written articles for religious magazines, written in four different chapter compilation books, and also written hundreds of sermons. You can learn more about him and the book at his website.
You can listen to my two-part interview with Dr. Mark Elliott here.
Source: CHURCH CENTRAL