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Challenges of dating a preacher

Psalty, the Donut Man, and Mc Gee haunt your dreams at night.

you involuntarily volunteered for all church functions.

You sat in dread each Sunday waiting for your name to be uttered from the pulpit.

I then imagine myself entrusting these people and situations to Him.

I also trust that He will help me be present and engaged with my family and pray for energy and focus for my time with them.

As I drive home I pray through the difficult issues and people I am dealing with.

I affirm that God is in control, and that He cares more about the people and situations than I do.

Although I started with the fact that a pastor’s marriage in many ways is not different, there are a few unique aspects I felt they should know as they were preparing for ministry. An occupational hazard of ministry can be the emotional weight pastors carry because there is always someone who needs them.

Other occupations have pressures of deadlines or the volume of work, but there is something different and emotionally taxing about carrying the pain of others.

you heard the words “damn” and “hell” used more often in their literal meaning than as cuss words.

You can list, off the top of your head, the 10 commandments, the 12 tribes of Israel, and all 10 plagues in less than 2 minutes.

Pastors encounter unique pressures that can impact their marriage, and they must learn how to deal with them.