Ideally it is best to first pray about the concern you are having with the pastor. Next it is of the utmost importance to practice the principles of Matthew 18:15-17. First, you should go to the pastor with a one-on-one meeting. Then, go with another elder if the pastor is not receptive. A probable next step if the concern remains unresolved is to bring concern to elder board.
Realize that there are many levels of accountability in one's life and ministry:
Every pastor needs to be accountable to someone. Our experience tells us that lack of accountability is one of the most common threads in much of pastor failure, i.e. sexual misconduct, burnout, etc. Areas of accountability should include such areas as: finances, use of time, personal relationship with God, morality, sexuality, honesty, integrity.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.