Plan for my youth sermon. Then trouble shoot the sound system. Then meet with a volunteer to recruit them to be a team leader. Then meet with a student to talk about their alcohol addiction. Then try to figure out why my Mac isn’t printing to our printer over Wi-Fi lately. Then meet with the lead pastoral team to discuss vision and budget. Then reply to a text from a student who’s asking how you know if God is punishing you. Then meet with an intern to discuss calling and preparing for a first job hunt. Then try to figure out how to implement more strategies for Sticky Faith. Then check in with the other ministry teachers to make sure they feel comfortable with their next message/lesson. ….

Whiplash – an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip. Yep. That’s what it feels like. Anyone else feel like this?

Author: Jim Murphy

Associate Pastor | NextGen Ministries Covenant Church, Bemidji, MN

3 Replies to “Pastoral Whiplash

  1. Well said! This kind of emotional schedule will kill you over time. People in our kind of work face what is called “Compassion Fatigue” so many other professions get it too (nursing, psych, therapists, etc) may be helpful. Of course, we have a great and mighty God that provides what we need but that same mighty God tells us to stop too.

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