When Did You Realize You Were an Imperfect Pastor?

No Pastor Is Perfect

When did I realize I was an imperfect pastor? You might think I realized that early on in ministry, and I think I did to some degree—I was taught good theology, I knew that I was not God and should seek to be a human being—I knew all those things. I knew that I needed to apologize and ask forgiveness. But sometimes, you think you know something, and then a few years later you realize, "Oh . . . now I know."

There was a devastating moment in my life that forced me to look at everything that I had done and everything I intended to do. That kind of moment will get your attention.

The Imperfect Pastor

Zack Eswine

Written in a compelling memoir style, Eswine reflects on the failures, burnout, pain, and complexities that come with pastoral ministry—helping readers find significance in the ordinary through honest conversation and theological reflection.

All of us have moments like that and they give us an opportunity to reflect. My awareness of being an imperfect pastor deepened at that time.

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