The four most difficult jobs according to Peter Drucker:
1) President of the USA
2) President of a University
3) Hospital Administrator
4) Pastor of a church
[Concerning one thing that is different in today's day and age about pastoring and something that makes our job as a pastor very difficult] According to George Barna, "regular church attenders" miss church 12-15 times a year! This means 30% -40% of your church people who were here last Sunday won't be there this Sunday!
All quotes below are from Alton Garrison, Assistant General Supt. of the Assemblies of God:
"Sometimes we feel like we're preaching to a parade..."
"Every door of opportunity has with it a challenge."
"You've got to give up to go up."
"Don't let someone put your 11 x 17 picture in a 5 x 7 frame."
"Doors of opportunity also lead to periods of disappointment."
"Long range vision keeps you from getting sidetracked by short term delays."
"If God has called you He will preserve you."
"Pursue the anointing -- don't ever be guilty of trying to cook when the gas is off."
"Understand the value of alignment. You can have a Rolls Royce but if just one tire is off, it's not going anywhere. Don't just preach about one thing all the time -- strive for a balance in your preaching."
"Make your life and your lips agree. Speak with integrity."
"Pastoring is like dealing with Tupperware. You think you have the lid on and all of a sudden it pops up somewhere else."
"Stop doing any activity in your life that would disqualify you for the ministry."