“Pastors should never be friends with members of their own congregation.” More than one of my professors in both my undergrad theology classes and my mDiv graduate classes offered this advice. As a young person I didn’t understand where they were coming from. I’ve always been a take me as I am kind of person. I have never liked being fake or inauthentic.
Anyone who has been a leader for any length of time will attest to the fact that being in leadership means getting used to feeling lonely. I’ve listed ten things below that leaders face that can cause leaders to feel isolated and alone.