3 Pressure Points Facing Millennial Church Leaders

3 Pressure Points Facing Millennial Church Leaders

How to Enjoy Where You Are Now While Still Looking to the Future

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with 10 talented young millennial church leaders and had a blast! If these leaders are any indication of what the future leaders of the church look like, then rest assured, the church is in great hands.

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That being said there were a couple of pressure points that came up over and over again in the conversations from different angles.

1. Anxiety About the Future

It was interesting to listen to these young church leaders discuss their work. They really are passionate and committed to the ministry God has called them to. But they’re also anxious about it. Their ambition to move the ball down the court, help the ministry progress and get things accomplished can keep them from enjoying and receiving the blessings of the very ministry God has given to them.

I also picked up on a longing for a future bigger and better role and ministry at the expense of missing the fruit of what’s been given to them today. I’d encourage young leaders to be faithful to whatever God has put in front of you today and let Him be concerned about where He puts you and what He gives you tomorrow.

I’d encourage young leaders to be faithful to whatever God has put in front of you today and let Him be concerned about where He puts you and what He gives you tomorrow. Click To Tweet

2. Relaxing Today

Many of these young leaders referred to the inability to “turn it off.” Anyone who is deeply and personally connected to his or her work can relate to the difficulty of coming home from work and not thinking about work. Being present is essential to health in life and relationships. “Bringing work home with you” can be a recipe to undermine your most important relationships.

I’d encourage young leaders to learn to take your weekly days off, scheduling your time off that you have coming to you each year, and put the cell phone down when you’re with your family. If you don’t learn what fuels you, fills you, and then schedule those things into your life, you’ll end up in some kind of a crisis in your 40’s or 50’s that you could have avoided.


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3. Workload Confusion

It was also intriguing to hear the weight with which they carried the ministry they are involved with. Many young church leaders really do feel as though they are really busy and that one day when they are in a more important role with a more important title, have more authority and more people working for them that ministry and work will be easier. While I agree that many of them are working hard, I think many are confused about hard work. The weight of and the busyness of doing ministry is a very real thing, but not compared to the weight of leading ministry.

I’d encourage young leaders to enjoy the season of ministry they are in. Learn as much as they possibly can, and not long for greater responsibility too much because you might get it. And when you do, you may discover that with greater responsibility, more staff, and a more important title comes more pressure than you’re feeling today.

I’d encourage young leaders to enjoy the season of ministry they are in, learn as much as they possibly can, and not long for greater responsibility too much because you might get it. Click To Tweet
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Paul is a Ministry Consultant with The Unstuck Group. Paul has more than 20 years experience serving in the local church, the last 15 of which have been on the Sr. Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.

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  1. Shayne O'Brien August 7, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Great comments Tony. I keep hearing the words, “I want a seat at the table”. But doesn’t a seat a the table mean you are now responsible for feeding and providing for those who don’t have a seat? It’s not the other way around. I’m incredibly hopeful of the future of the church and that hope has me hiring younger these days. The desire to be “in charge” is strong in this generation and honestly….that’s not all bad! Thanks again for all you do Tony.

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