In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top twelve responses with representative quotes. I've taken the liberty to expand most of the quotes from their abbreviated form in Twitter.
1. Apathy and internal focus. "I have been in ministry for over twenty years, and I've never seen church members more apathetic and internally focused." 2. Staff issues. "I inherited staff from the previous pastor. It's not a good match, but I don't have the credibility to do anything about it."