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How to Feel Miserable as UU Clergy

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How to Feel Miserable as UU Clergy

  1. Complain about people not following a reasonable procedure when you haven’t trained them well in the first place.
  2. Speaking to people about your time limitations in advance of saying anything substantive.
  3. Use the phrase “self-care” in front of lay people.
  4. Compare yourself to colleagues.
  5. Don’t pledge much to your church, but expect your people to do so.
  6. Talk to your family about what you do & expect them to cheer you on.
  7. Base the success of your entire career on one ministry.
  8. Stick with what you know.
  9. Refuse to research and use good consultants, because you can do it easier & cheaper in house.
  10. Let money dictate which ministry you take on next.
  11. Bow to social pressure.
  12. Always stay within your theological comfort zone.
  13. Do whatever anyone in your congregation asks. Why? Because you’re the minister and they want you to do it.
  14. Set unachievable goals to be accomplished tomorrow. Or, refuse to under-promise and over-deliver.
  15. Take on all responsibility for growth and finances. (authority vs responsibility). Or, Take no responsibility for growth & finances.
  16. Take criticism or praise personally.
  17. Secretly believe that your number one job is to keep current members happy. Or, Refuse to believe that you have any obligation to keep current members happy.
  18. Refuse to delegate.
  19. Refuse to deal with inconvenient pastoral care events.
  20. Forget that you are only successful if your people are successful.

What’s on your list?