Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Pastor in Newton:
"High stress / low reward."
In the 80's when I first started training for the pastoral ministry, pastors were respected and well compensated. Now churches balance their budgets on the backs of their called workers. If you have a rich spouse and can afford to do full time ministry as a hobby, go for it. If you need to provide for a family, look elsewhere.
Pastor in Washington:
Be a firm believer and follow your heart.
Pastor in Pittsburgh:
"How Much Time It Would Take."
Make sure they are called by God. Don't take everything personal. Make sure you have thick skin and are not easily offended.