But, it wasn’t until my second year of pastoring that I became aware of my loneliness. While sitting in the second chair shielded me from the full burden of the weight of ministry, I still shouldered a great share of the responsibility.
Often times, parishioners feel they have a right to access you at any time.
Unlike typical eight hour jobs, our professional lives can span from administrative oversight during the day to leading bible study in the evening to weekend leadership retreats or church fairs.
In truth, I was exhausted from expending so much energy but wanted to hear how the sermon resonated with others as it had with me.
As is my custom, I greeted each member with a handshake and a warm smile and actively listened as they shared their sentiments.
Initially, I filled my free time with a variety of activities – exercise, museums, and local events.