Some Pastors Do Struggle

"Closing Time" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Closing Time” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


I love this cartoon for many reasons.

I care about pastors. A lot!

If anyone out there is a pastor who is struggling with the ministry, or has in the past and has left already, you totally get this image!

Even though I left the ministry in 2010, it’s still very fresh to me.

Yes, I had my fair share of alcohol.

Yes, I longed for people like this bartender who wold hear my story without judgment… who would just listen for a change.

Yes, I remember dreading the coming service wondering how I was going to navigate through the danger zones of belief and expectations and protocol and order and roles and my own inner turmoil.

There’s a lot of sadness there.

So, yes, I care for pastors, ministers, priests, rabbis, imams… all those who care for their people.

I was in it for about 30 years. It was a tough gig. When I left it was time for me to go. I’m now enjoying my life and what I’m doing with it. Yes, it’s totally possible!

Are you a struggling pastor? I can help you in a few ways: join The Lasting Supper where there are other pastors/ ex-pastors; take my course on Leaving the Ministry (where I offer a free call); or let’s arrange a time to talk.


4 Replies to “Some Pastors Do Struggle”

  1. 30 years is an amazing career! And now, you have graduated to being a community calm-facil-list-courager! YES!

    OK… I still don’t have the right word to describe what you do…..

    But seriously. You have been the calming eye in the center of the hurricane of community, the facilitator when things needed input, the listener when others spoke, and encourager of questions (without demanding answers). You have allowed atheist, agnostic, and zodiac lovers among the believers, wherein most ‘communities’ drive ‘them others’ out.

    And with a snap of the fingers, you vanish… and the community continues working just fine… a self-perpetuating community not dependant on a single leader. Just wow….

    This is the apex of your career… and you are doing it! YES!

    I am glad you have a heart for pastors.

    Yet, I cannot but realize that you have created what so many of them dream about.

  2. Beautiful to read and see the cartoon and you guys chat today.

    I could comment but I feel what I would say wouldn’t add any value. So all I would offer is to encourage :).

    Brilliant stuff!

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