8 Difficult Ministry Situations

  1. Moral failure of a church staff member. “When our associate pastor confessed to his affairs and left his family, our entire church was devastated. It was over a year before we began to recover; I have really been involved in grief ministry with his failure and departure.”
  2. Funeral of a child or teenager. “I have done a few funerals of young people, and it’s the most difficult thing I’ve done in ministry. There is a grief among the survivors that is not comparable to other situations.”
  3. Declining financial situation in the church. “We had no choice. The church was running out of money. We had to make some hard choices. A lot of church members left as a result. That made our financial problems even greater.”
  4. Dismissing a friend on church staff. “It was my dream to see him join our church staff. But it just didn’t work out. Letting him go was one of the most painful things I’ve done in ministry.”
  5. Funeral of an unbeliever. “I’ve probably done more than a dozen funerals of unbelievers. To this day, I still struggle with how to speak at those funerals. I focus most of my words on comforting the family, but I really don’t know how to offer hope to them.”
  6. Confronting a church member. “She was bitter and gossiped all the time. No one else had the courage to confront her, so I had to do the dirty work. It was not a pretty situation, and I’m still suffering from the confrontation today.”
  7. Moral failure of a key lay leader. “When we found out he had been stealing money from the church, we were absolutely floored. He was a key leader. Church members felt like they had been betrayed.”
  8. Bringing order to a contentious church business meeting. “It was a church fight like I have never seen. I never learned at seminary how to deal with such a situation. I felt totally inept.”

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5 Responses to 8 Difficult Ministry Situations

  1. Louise Cummings
    Louise Cummings July 6, 2018 at 12:15 am #

    Sad things happens. You just have to pray and seek God for right directions.

  2. Troy Day
    Troy Day June 9, 2019 at 6:08 am #

    give us the solution pastor Ed Brewer Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

  3. Vernon Dalton
    Vernon Dalton June 9, 2019 at 7:57 am #

    I have encountered almost all these circumstances. Each one is unique so there is no one answer ir solution to it all. It’s in these times that your leadership has to rise to the top and try to stay ahead of the problems and not let them get out of control. Much time in prayer and clear thinking without making rushed decisions is a must in most of these situations. This would be my best advice…..encouragement. Encouragement can be the tension breaker and the most effective ministry gift to get a congregation through a difficult situation. If you can get the church to keep in mind that these problems are just temporary and stay focused on building the Kingdom of God then I think the family atmosphere of the church will dominate. I’m actually preaching this morning on how to defeat discouragement. It’s all a mindset that we can control if we choose to do so. Not sure if this is what you were looking for but it’s my 2 cents worth in a nutshell.

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