Being a pastor was recently ranked #5 in a Forbes Magazine list of the "Nine Toughest Leadership Roles." Being in US Congressperson or the CEO of a corporation ranked further down the list.
“Being a pastor is like death by a thousand paper cuts,” says Rev. Dr. Ken Fong, senior pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, California and a program director at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. “You’re scrutinized and criticized from top to bottom, stem to stern. You work for an invisible, perfect Boss, and you’re supposed to lead a ragtag gaggle of volunteers towards God’s coming future. It’s like herding cats, but harder.”Yes, I know how tough it is, but that sounds like a little too much whining and woe-is-me. Being a pastor is very challenging, but it is also rewarding. Rewards and challenges go together. The greater the opportunity for fulfillment, the greater the potential for frustration and grief.
That's a perfect segue into reporting what made it the #1 on that list – (drum roll please) – The Stay-At-Home Parent (cymbal crash). That's right folks, being a stay-at-home parent was ranked as a tougher job than CEO, pastor, football coach, or university president.
So here's to you, stay-at-home parents! Stand up and take a bow. I salute you. I also give thanks for having an easier job than you.
Dear readers, give a hug and send a note of encouragement to a stay-at-home parent you love, and share this post with them. They'll be glad to know you appreciate them and that there's a reason they feel so tired.
Ranking the Nine Toughest Leadership Roles (Forbes / Rob Asghar)