Great career making a positive difference in many lives.
Pros: making a positive change in people's lives
Cons: balancing the many demands of congregational leadership, family, and health
Leading a congregation involves a multifaceted skill set: visionary, public speaker, scholar, teacher, counselor, administrator, staff manager, volunteer coordinator, event planning, conflict resolution, client recruitment and development, leadership development, budget setting, fund-raising, marketing, writing (for a variety of settings and needs), building management, computer skills, and janitor are just a few of the many things that are required to keep a congregation healthy and growing. The most enjoyable part I found was public speaking, teaching, and the interpersonal parts of the job. The hardest part was balancing life and work and priorities.