Being a Small Town Pastor

I thought we would have a little fun on the blog and add a new segment called “Pros & Cons.” Today we tackle the pros and cons of being a small town pastor.


I think being a small town pastor is the best job in the world. I’m sure most of you would agree, but it also has very unique challenges as well. I hope you’ll appreciate this very candid list of the pros and cons of being a small town pastor.

Pro – Living in a small town where everyone knows your name.

Con – Being asked to perform every wedding, funeral, and exorcism.

Pro – Potluck dinners every third Sunday of the month.

Con – Having to add a new hole to your belt every third month of the year.

Pro – The ability to work from home.

Con – Deacons stopping by to discuss last month’s budget numbers.

Pro – Free coffee at the local meat and three.

Con – Free prostate checks at the local health clinic.

Pro – Getting the opportunity to bring God’s word to the world.

Con – Spending each Sunday preaching to a half empty room.

Pro – Cell phone provided by the church.

Con – Phone calls at 2am to pray for someone’s sick goat.

Pro – Taking a summer sabbatical.

Con – Without pay.

If you enjoyed the list, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Make sure to include your own pros and cons as well. I’d love to read them. Also, if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to the blog so you never miss a post.

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