Five Ways Pastors Are Wounded

by Jim on May 12, 2014


Ministry Encouragement Podcast – Episode #091 /  May 6, 2014

Our Host: Proactive Ministries  ( 

Your Host: Rev. Jim W. Hollis

Hello and thanks for joining me today on the Ministry Encouragement Podcast.  We’re on our ninety-first episode.  Today we will be discussing an important but uncomfortable topic that directly impacts the lives of many Pastors across America today:

Five Ways Pastors Are Wounded

In every church there exists a population of persons who bring harm to the Pastor.  Sometimes it is unintentional and in other cases it is intended to bring harm.  It’s a great idea to have each of us ask ourselves, “Is there something in my attitudes or behavior that could be harming our Pastor?”

From having worked with hundreds of churches across 40 states in America, here are five of the top ways this can happen:

1) Listen to hurtful criticism without challenging the person being hurtful. 

2) Insist on comparing your present Pastor with one or more of your previous Pastors.

3) See them as someone God sent there to serve you personally, rather than as a wonderful friend that you can serve alongside. 

4) If your Pastor is married, criticize their spouse or children. 

5) Never ask them to truly be you and your family’s Pastor when the storms come. 


Thanks for sharing your time with me today.  I’d love to hear from you personally in response to this episode.  Let me ask you a few questions that may be relevant to your spiritual walk today:

  • Do you see your present Pastor as a true friend who loves God, understands you and your family and encourages you to serve the Lord with joy?
  • Are you receiving spiritual encouragement from your present Pastor?
  • Do you wish you knew how to have a better relationship with your Pastor?

If you found that one of these questions is where you are feel free to contact me personally.  I would be honored to help you work through this and suggest specific ways that this can be resolved.

You can contact me in one of the following ways:


Voicemail: Use the “button” on the right side of this blog page, click it and using your computer’s microphone, leave me a personal voicemail. 

Phone: Our ministry in Atlanta, GA: (770) 803-9988

Until next time may the Lord bless you and keep you, bringing you new joy and hope!  It’s my prayer that you’ll share this podcast with someone you know.

In Christ,


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DeDe Reilly May 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hey Jim…SO glad you went here! I have seen every one of these happen to great men and women and families of faith who answered the call to proclaim the good news of Jesus. Triangulation is ugly and very contagious. There have been many times over the years when my response has been, “I just don’t see it that way” or “If this is not about me, then you can’t dump that here.” As Christians we have biblical permission to hold one another to a standard of love, mercy, and kindness. And loving on a pastor’s kids is a thrill! Thank you for sharing!


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