Win Logos 5 Portfolio, a MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso Books!

Jacksonville Pastors Conference giveaway


Through January 22, we’re teaming up with the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference to give away Logos 5 Portfolio, a MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso books!1

Running January 23–26, the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference will feature some of today’s most influential pastors, authors, and speakers, including Albert Mohler, David Allen, Eric Mason, Tim Tebow. The goal of the conference is that “after attending . . . you will return home refreshed, renewed, energized, and eager to apply some new ideas and encouragement to your ministry.” The conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.

Here are the Vyrso books you could win:

  1. Breakthrough Prayer
  2. Whosoever Will
  3. Women’s Ministry in the Local Church
  4. Building Your Leadership Resume: Developing a Legacy That Will Outlast You
  5. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
  6. The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective
  7. The Miracle You’ve Been Searching For
  8. A Woman Seeking God
  9. Exploring the Evidence for Creation: Reasons to Believe the Biblical Account
  10. Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey

Read all these books using the free Vyrso app for iOS and Android, include them in your Bible study while using Logos 5 on your new MacBook Pro, or read online at

Don’t miss out! This giveaway ends January 22—enter today:

  1. Entry closes January 22. We’ll select and notify the winner January 23. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. []

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167 Responses to “Win Logos 5 Portfolio, a MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso Books!”

  1. Mark Gomez December 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    The biggest challenge for me as a pastor is dealing with time limitations and apathy in members.

    • Don Robertson December 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      The Biggest challenge is getting people to go to church regularly.

  2. Kenny Snow December 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Balancing personal life/health with busyness

  3. Isaac Hecker December 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    The biggest challenge while serving as a youth pastor was keeping the youth engaged during my time with them. It was also difficult to stay connected with them outside of our weekly meeting.

  4. Keith December 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    My remaining indwelling sin.

  5. mark December 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Finding a way to effectively reach my small rural neighborhood for Christ!

  6. David Paul December 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I have been a Logos customer for about 15 years. I started with a Nelson package, then transitioned to Logos 2.0, Libronix, L4 & L5, always getting the maximum package available…Scholars, Silver, Gold, then both the L4 & L5 Portfolio base packages when they were released. Just this year, my daughter graduated from high school. and this past fall she surprised us by deciding on her own that she wanted to be baptized. In the spring she will begin attending college. It would be absolutely awesome for me to be able to gift her with a package that not only provides her with most of the resources I have in my own library (although over the years I have supplemented my library with thousands of additional titles), but in addition she could have an awesome brand new laptop to use in her studies. She is interested in languages and ancient history, and Logos resources would be an awesome way for her to develop and support her interest in these areas. Being able to do studies with her online would be one of the coolest experiences this proud dad can imagine! Logos rocks!

  7. Troy December 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Biggest challenge as a pastor is biblically dealing with interpersonal issues within the congregation.

  8. Craig Schmidt December 8, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    To help people understand the difference between God’s truth in the Bible and man’s traditions. They are not the same! Also, trying to teach/explain how history works and how to understand it.

  9. David O'Dowd December 8, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Deciding the better among the many good ministry choices daily and weakly.

  10. Nathan Parker December 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I’m not a pastor but as a seminary student, I could use more time!

  11. Ray Johnson December 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I think one of the biggest challenges they face today complacency in their faith. Trying harder fitting into today’s society than following a Christ centered life.

  12. Chris Medina December 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    The biggest challenge to me is increasing the active participation of the whole church in ministry

  13. Andrew Brown December 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Staying connected with Christ–making this the highest priority in life.

  14. JB December 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Preaching uncompromising truth in the face of losing the means to support your family. Large steps of faith for many pastors, while many more sink to “softened” truths under the pressure.

  15. Jay December 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is to be the shepherd of their home first and foremost.

  16. Bill December 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is filling the role of prophet to their people and still hanging in there to fill the priestly roles afterward.

  17. Jannik December 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Pastors biggest challenge is to destroy the thinking of that lutheran churches like baptist, pentecostal and apostolic are sects. The truth is that they definitely aren’t!

  18. Alex December 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    The biggest challenge is the fear of man and not being appreciated

  19. Brian December 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    A lack of focus.

  20. Josiah December 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I would have to say the hardest challenge that Pastors face is pride, and selfishness. It is so easy to stand up behind a pulpit and think that your some “hot shot” but if there is “no death in the pulpit there is no life in the pew (Dying to Preach; Steven Smith)”

  21. Adam Paul December 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    There are many challenges which face pastors today. Not being a pastor, I’m not sure I can definitively say what the answer would be. However, I think the onslaught of laziness both in themselves and in their congregations is perhaps one of the larger problems faced by pastors. This encompasses laziness in ministry as well as in personal piety.

  22. Aaron December 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    This is a response to the question regarding the biggest challenge pastors face: remaining humble, and balancing the need to study and communicate the truth of God’s word effectively while also shepherding the hearts and souls entrusted to their care.

  23. martin Sisneroz December 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Biggest challenge pastors face is self-care. They are so busy trying to help everyone else that they forget to do the things necessary for themselves and their families to keep them healthy and strong.

  24. Brian Reed December 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I think the biggest challenge pastors face is keeping their personal devotional life vibrant in the midst of all of the pressures and responsibilities of ministry.

  25. Amanda Warwick December 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    The biggest challenge is not only getting people to come to church, but also to teach them how to put God above all else, including their selves, their worldly families, money, time, etc.

  26. Don December 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    The greatest problem gospel ministers face is making and taking the time necessary to nurture a personal, authentic relationship with their Creator and Redeemer.

  27. Jon December 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Being faithful to preach the gospel, accurately dividing the word of truth.

  28. Justin wester December 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    The biggest problem pastors face is burnout.

  29. Igal December 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Pastors today need to resist the temptation to compromise.

  30. Joshua December 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I am not a pastor, but I imagine that a challenge that a pastor must face is to take care of the entire church (beyond a sunday sermon), keeping their eyes on Jesus, and making sure everything is about loving and serving God. I believe some pastors face the challenge of teaching what God’s Word says and not what people want to hear. We are called to speak the truth.

  31. Bob DeFelice December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Time is the biggest challenge Pastors face …Time.

  32. Mark Ayers December 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I believe the biggest challenge facing pastors today are as varied as are the congregations they serve.

  33. Ben December 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    I believe the biggest problem pastors today face, is the same one from years gone by, and that is Satan’s ever present working to destroy the things of GOD and those that follow HIM.

  34. Suni December 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I dont know where i would b without my God and my church family. I love to study the Word of God and just need more tools (and the right ones) to do so. I pray that God willing the right tools to continue studying will come my way. God Bless!

  35. Malachi December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    The biggest challenge? Resisting compromise and staying true to the word…

  36. Ben Boedecker December 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    I think that the biggest challenge facing pastors today is standing firm on Christian doctrine as the culture becomes increasingly hostile.

  37. jacob z December 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    my biggest challenge as a pastor, which I hear often from friends, is finding deep delight in God.

  38. Bill Hardecker December 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Biggest challenge pastors face: the fear of man.

  39. jim andreu December 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Pastors are cumbered with tasks that keep them from studying and preparing the delivery of the word. They need deacons and elders to step up and take on some of the activities that keep them from being more evangelistic. Jesus had 12 men that He sent out to do mission work so that He could do what His Father had for Him to do. If He was God incarnate (He was) and He needed logistical help, then certainly our pastors do.

  40. Travis December 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Pride and arrogance are the biggest challenges.

  41. Matt December 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    One of the biggest challenges is convincing people that spiritual battle is real.

  42. Tyler Sweatt December 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I think the biggest challenge pastors face today is leading a culture impacting church. In so many ways, todays church is impacted by culture but is not impacting culture with the gospel!

  43. Tim December 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Time. Never enough.

  44. Jimmy December 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    The biggest challenge would be time management. Balancing a full-time job, all the time ministry, and studying the Word and enjoying it at the same time.

  45. Chris December 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    One of the biggest challenges a Pastor faces in my opinion is doing his absolute best to never allow himself to leave the mentality that He>i

  46. John M. December 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    The biggest problem pastors face is discouragement

  47. Peter Sushch December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I am not a pastor but I am involved in ministry. I feel like the hardest challenge for a pastor is to balance his ministry his family and his own spiritual state, to be careful not to focus on either one too much and neglect the rest. Balance is key.While full devotion to God is necessary you can’t just focus on one aspect and neglect the rest. And many pastors have the heart of Christ and know how to face this issue while other need a little work on it, just like the rest of us do.

  48. Jerry December 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Staying encouraged!

  49. Matthew Johnson December 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    One of the biggest challenges facing pastors now a days is the proclamation of eternal Truth in a World that doesn’t accept biblical truth. The Cross needs to be preached, repentance needs to be preached, and of course grace and love need to be preached.

  50. Dan Sardinas December 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm #


  51. Bryan December 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Maintaining a constant trusting in God’s strength and his plan. He always gives what is needed to his church and to his pastors.

  52. Scotty December 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    My biggest challenge is simply abiding in Christ. I can do all things THROUGH Christ! He is my all in all and at times I will struggle with me trying to do instead of trusting and relying on Him who simply is!

  53. Bill Giesbrecht December 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I am semi retired and do a lot of Bible Studies with groups and also teaching on certain Bible subjects.
    God Bless… Bill

  54. Nick Claxton December 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm #


  55. sgarbura octavian sergiu December 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    The indiference of people regarding the study of the Bible

  56. Sam December 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    The greatest challenge is dealing with apathy in ways that are biblically sound and pastorally sensitive.

  57. carlito raymundo December 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    For me i can say that the biggest challenge for a pastor is keeping the flock of the Lord .For now a days there so many new groups that teach new teachings which are contrary to the cardinal teachings of the bible and making way through and gaining popularity.Prosperity gospel is one of them.This new teaching aims to promote materialistic and worldly motives for all that could hear. It twists the bible in order to favor their doctrines.And for a pastor,this and many other new groups is really a big threat for the flock of the Lord.And furthermore,they teach that the promise of blessings of God to Abraham is to be claimed because God will surely give it away.And whatever you have dreamed of is a blessing that God supposedly put in your hearth.So they just simply teach that you just go ahead and pray for it and God will surely give it to you.This particular teaching contradicts and utterly disregards the teachings of the bible about the WILL of God.In the prayer that Lord Jesus taught to His disciples,it includes the will of the Lord”Thy will be done”.And though the will of God for the life of a particular believer is really a not a very easy thing to understand or for that matter very difficult to know exactly,whatever it may be,we have to pray for it and wait.and i am very very sure that it will be for your own good.And if knowing exactly the will of God for our lives is hard to know exactly whatever it may be,how can anyone say that whatever you have in your hearth God will surely give it to you.Those who teach this very deceptive doctrine enjoys a life of luxury and comforts. You know why? because they teach mostly to those who are already rich and wealthy.They will then say that God will keep you rich and will make you even and richer if they will give more for work of God.
    And if there are not so rich or struggling members, they will encourage them to continue praying.And if anyone complains that God is not giving what he wants, they say that you do not have faith.And if one member will tell his success story they will capitalize on that testimony and use it to prove that they are right.Therefore they will have more authority now to ask for more offerings for the Lord.This is the reason why the leaders of this group are the richest of them all.They will always encourage and give assurance that God will give them whatever they want in order to gain the power to ask for more offerings specially if there are members who would stand up and tell his success story.They will say “you see now what i mean?” the blessing is there for the taking just claim it.But the truth is.”God will give you the things that you ask for if it is His will”.For whatever reason God will not give you whatever it is that you asked for,you just have to accept it that it is not His will for you.There is nothing you can do because that is His will.I believe with all my hearth that all of us even if you are not a true christian”,that there is no person in this world that could ever claim that God gave him all that he asked for”.If you agree with me on this one then how can anyone give the assurance that God will give you surely whatever you want for it is all there for the taking.And it follows,because God so promised it to Abraham therefore for sure God will give it to you…….Whatever you pray for will not always be given to you specially if it is not according to His Sovereign Will.The leaders of prosperity gospel are getting richer all the time.And the poor members are hoping for a false promise of assurance.And I say let us pray for those members of this group that God will give them that wisdom to discern the folly of their leaders.And if it so happened that you are a pastor who practice this kind of wicked scheme,I pray you to stop it now.For GOD is not unaware of all your deeds.Whatever you sow that you will also reap.”If you sow wickedness,wickedness thou shall reap”.

  58. Michael Walsh December 10, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Biggest challenge is learning how to turn vision into the steps needed to fulfil that vision.

  59. Rick T December 10, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    May God help us remember the sheep need to know how much their Father lives them, that He gave His Son to save sinners, not righteous people

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  62. jerome December 10, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    the biggest challenge is integrating faith and knowledge

  63. Jack December 10, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    The biggest challenge is overcoming the flesh in order to keep our eyes on Jesus.

  64. Jack Liu December 10, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    The biggest challenge is to overcome the flesh so we can fix our eyes on Jesus.

  65. dwightk December 10, 2013 at 8:52 am #


  66. Mark Wiggins December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    As a Clergy the biggest challenge for us and dealing with members of Faith is as following
    1. Staying true your faith.
    2. Loving people with the same love Christ love us.
    3. Allowing People to live their lives that please God without condemning them.
    4. Adding their own twist on what the Word is saying to justify their position.
    5. A small number Clergy/ Pastors feel they is above the Church law and could do what they wishes

  67. William December 10, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    My biggest challenge is balancing my time so that I have a solid relationship with God, wife, four kids, the flock, and the village where I serve – including EMS work

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  69. Ron L. Williams December 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

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  72. Bill December 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    In my limited experience the biggest challenges that pastors face is the conflict between preaching God’s word with accuracy and authority and the congregation that largely is just looking for that warm fuzzy feeling on Sunday morning. It is all too easy to choose to give the congregation milk in order to keep bodies in the seats and money in the coffers when what the congregation needs in order to grow spiritually is the meat of God’s word which may prove difficult for many to embrace.

  73. Bobby December 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    The biggest thing I struggle with is balancing time for family and for ministry, it is hard to focus

  74. Tom hudzina December 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    The biggest problem a pastor faces is lack of a proper personal sabbath

  75. Darren E Butler December 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is the challenge of resources.

  76. Monique K. December 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    in my experience being in leadership and being close to the pastors at my church, i feel that the biggest challenge is not watering down the gospel in order to please a crowd and increase the numbers of church attendance. it can seem bleak when church attendance goes down in certain seasons, but i am thankful that the leadership at my church never compromises, ever.

  77. Don Johnson December 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    The biggest challenge for pastor’s today is to stay true to the word and to their calling in the midst of pressure from the culture and society.

  78. Randy Lewis December 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    One of the biggest challenges I face as a pastor is trying to find proper balance when it comes to time. I am a (bi-vocational) pastor, I own my own business, and I have a growing family. Trying to find the time to do all of the above is difficult, but I am learning that God’s grace is sufficient.

  79. Matt Schaffner December 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Being faithful in all of our call

  80. Daniel Norton December 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    The biggest challenge is how to effectively present the deep challenge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ without watering it down.

  81. Kellie December 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Keeping the gospel at the centre of all they do.

  82. Thomas Fuhrer December 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I think the biggest challenge pastors face is discouragement.

  83. J.D. Baker December 11, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    The biggest problem pastors face is not asking for help, or asking to late.

  84. mike December 11, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Just preach the word like the bible commands and not preach to please the people. Scratch itching ears. Pastors don’t need to be creative just handle God’s word rightly that’s what brings repentance, not giving people a false hope they can do things there way. No more goofy sermons preach the gospel.

  85. Larry Madden December 11, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    One of the biggest challenges pastors face is the disconnect. The Word of God is no longer relative….well, that is what many believe. However, we have the opportunity to provide people a chance to see that God is still at work and He chooses to intervene in the lives of people. He does this through His Word.

  86. Rodney December 11, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    I think the biggest challenge is time. There are so many events, visitations, etc that require time away from study and preparation as well as normal family life.

  87. Karen J December 11, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Holding ourselves and others accountable to Christian living in accordance with the Word, and not with the World.

  88. Jacob December 11, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Various forms of self-interest.

  89. Philip Lexow December 11, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Biggest issue pastors face today I believe is maintaining fidelity to the Word of God in face of popular trends, pressure to increase church size, and risk offending church members too closley associated with the world.

  90. Brian J Munro December 11, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    The biggest challenge pastors face in the North American context is the combination of affluence and the spread of bad theology. We have entered a time of self-education through social media. I am finding that more and more people are embracing heretical teaching as if it were something new, rather than understanding that these issues have been discussed and reasonably dealt with. Biblical illiteracy is being replaced with heretical interpretation. Perhaps God will send good orthodox missionaries from far away to teach the new pagans in North America the Truth, the Way and the Life in Christ. I pray for breakthroughs every day.
    Shalom, Brothers and Sisters.

  91. Eric S. December 11, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Time constraints, I think.

  92. Joseph Stoppelbein December 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    The biggest challenge these days is time management. Time to do everything we’re supposed to seems to easily slip away!

  93. Sarah Robinson December 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is the high expectation of being perfect and having the perfect family. If they stumble, heaven forbid.

  94. Thomas Noreen December 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    The myriad choices in the secular world that tend to distract and pull people away from their walk with the Lord; e.g., social media, cell phones, cinema, etc.

  95. Michael Eller December 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Preaching the truth amidst a culture becoming more hostile to Christians.

  96. Alan December 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    The biggest challenge is our sin nature

  97. Talib Smith December 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    The biggest challenge for pastors can be our own pride and the delusion of things being well with God because things are well with ministry.

  98. Brit Whittington December 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    The biggest challenge is staying positive.

  99. Tj December 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    I think one of this biggest challenges for pastors is keeping good communication with those leading or participating in different church ministries.

  100. Robert December 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    The biggest challenge is to remain steadfast in Christ alone.

  101. Nigdylan December 12, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is the enemy; He tempts them to decline in affection for our Lord, he tempts them to think they are special Christians who can only be close friends with other pastors and elders, he tempts them to think they can’t admit their sinfulness fully as they would loose face and effect the reputation of the church, he tempts them with money often with the notion that their ministry could be enhanced with that money, he tempts them with laziness which leads them to think they needn’t prepare sermons quite as well as they are experienced and know their scriptures well, he tempts them with attraction to others, he tempts them while too busy to think one church member needs their love and attention more than another, he tempts them to think the flock needs them so they shouldn’t get side tracked with one lost sheep, he tempts them to think that they needn’t really give full regard to the Royal Priesthood of other church members as he knows better than them, he tempts them to believe the church depends on him and on his spiritual gifts, in short he tempts them.

  102. Jordan December 12, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    To remember that I can do all these great things, but if I don’t love the God I’m serving and the people he’s entrusted to my care, I am nothing.

  103. Tyler Smith December 12, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    The biggest challenge for pastors today is preaching the unabashed truth of the gospel, the full gospel, of Jesus Christ, without watering it down.

  104. Jared December 12, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    One of the biggest challenge facing pastors today is the lack of biblical literacy many Christians experience today.

  105. Eric Holeman December 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Hypocrisy of other pastors giving Christianity a bad name!

  106. Prayson Daniel December 13, 2013 at 5:17 am #


  107. Doug December 13, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I have tried other peoples Logos, and found it to be all that it says. Bibles studies and sermons are never so easy to prepare, only question now is where to stop..!

  108. Peter December 13, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    The biggest challenge is understanding the world so we can frame our discussion of the Gospel without falling prey to the world.

  109. Shawn December 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Biggest Challenge is to keep the advance of the gospel first priority. Church work is full many “good distractions”.

  110. Carol Roberts clark December 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    i would think how to get the message across

  111. Spenc December 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Pride, selfishness, and manipulation.

  112. Kyle December 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    The greatest challenge pastors face is being people in the midst of the messiness of life.

  113. Sarah Maroney December 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I think the biggest challenge is the amount of stress that placed upon a pastor. The difficulties that a person faces in their own family can have more than enough stress; but add to that an entire congregation, and the amount of stress can be overwhelming. Pastors can become burnt out under that kind of load and the stress that goes with it.

  114. Thomas H December 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    The biggest challenge is confronting a world that no longer has any regard for the Bible as God’s Word. As pastors we must learn to defend and proclaim the Bible as God’s authoritative Word.

  115. Josh A. December 15, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    One major problem/hurdle is that a lot of pastors, especially when overseas, need to be able to communicate with the people on their own level and connect with them and earn their trust.

  116. Lasse Andersson December 15, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is to make members followers of Christ, not just believers.

  117. DJ December 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Keeping youth in the church after college.

  118. Kyle December 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Definitely schedules and wrestling with the meaning of the text for Sunday/

  119. Justin Anderson December 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    The biggest challenge is realising the Lord’s prayer for us, to be unified as a body (Jn. 17:22), while also sanctified and unwavering from His word (vv. 17-19).

  120. Adam December 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Convincing church members that spiritual growth is a necessary part of being a Christian.

  121. Ryan Landes December 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm #


  122. Suzanne @ Jacksons4Scotland December 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Balancing spending needed time in the Word / sermon prep with the daily needs that come up in the congregation and with his own family. (At least, that’s this pastor’s wife’s perspective!)

  123. Ryan December 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Idolatry infiltrating the church (ie, prosperity Gospel, works based righteousness, etc.)

  124. Rick Ziesmer December 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Being the leader God needs me to be.

  125. P Min December 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    when people falsely accuse pastors and the denomination believes them w/o any qualification

  126. Keith W January 2, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    Getting people to go to church

  127. Panait Diana Ionela January 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I don’t know .

    • Panait Diana Ionela January 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      The Biggest challenge is getting people to go to church regularly.

  128. Constantino January 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Being true.

  129. Jon January 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Keeping our creator happy by helping his/her congregation grow spiritually, ethically, whilst staying humble.

  130. Matt January 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Not hiding the fact that you are a genuine human being with genuine flaws. Many pastors hide this reality for fear of excess judgment.

  131. Jeff January 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Pleasing a holy God.

  132. marvin January 15, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    The biggest challenge Pastors face is to keep on preaching Biblical messages, without watering it down or compromising it.

  133. Pip January 15, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    The biggest challenge for me is getting out of the church bubble and meeting people who don’t know Jesus.

  134. John January 15, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    The biggest challenge is staying fresh in the word of God on a daily basis and keeping oneself fed. When ministering to others, it is easy not to take time to feed yourself and still maintain time with your own family as well.

  135. Bruce Ray January 15, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Remembering that my job is to make disciples by proclaiming the saving Grace of Jesus Christ and teaching His Word – while at every turn the world and Satan are trying to distract, tempt and defeat me.

  136. Timothy January 15, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Knowing and teaching sound doctrine

  137. Joel Tang January 15, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Addiction to Approval

  138. Kevin Poole January 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Guarding and finding true downtime and margin for myself and my family…

  139. Hailey B. January 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Preaching the Word faithfully.

  140. Jon January 16, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Having healthy connections where you are able to completely be yourself, faults and failures included.

  141. Bobby Gore January 16, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    The hardest part is defending the faith with humility and love; not getting crazy eyed when people reject the truth

  142. Jonathan Griffiths January 16, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Pride, lonliness and fear of man. Take your pick.

  143. Jonathan Griffiths January 16, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Pride, loneliness and fear of man. Take your pick.

  144. Desmond Martin January 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I think that the biggest challenge to pastoring maybe to take time to assess your mental and spiritual health while you are leading and guiding a congregation.

  145. Louise Saat January 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I am not a pastor, but I think their greatest challenge is staying faithful to the truth and standing up to the false teachers in the face of today’s culture.

  146. Billy January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    The biggest challenge is balance.

  147. ellen beck January 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I think the biggest challenge would be to keep the studies freah yet following scripture and not interjecting your own personal beliefs into it.

  148. Noelle Cameron January 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    I could never put myself in a pastors shoes, but to GUESS what the biggest challenge would be would be converting a nonbeliever

  149. Dan January 17, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Understanding your role in God’s mission.

  150. Brian R January 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm #


  151. puneet January 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    biggest challenge to belive in yourself and to believe in god

  152. Bob January 18, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    The biggest challenge that pastors face is practicing what we preach. We think, oftentimes, that if we get the message of the Bible across to others then we have done our job. Even though we spend a lot of time studying the Bible, we need to stop and meditate on the Word and actually let it change us before we tell others to change.

  153. Jason Brueckner January 18, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    The biggest problem pastors face can be serving Christ over themselves.

  154. Miguel L January 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Managing time… and volunteers!

  155. Shane January 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Finding the balance between ministering to the ‘needy’ and those who you feel you can replicate yourself, those who show leadership and Christian maturity.

  156. Breanna January 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I’d imagine one of the biggest problem pastors face is people expecting them to be superhuman supersaints.

  157. puneet January 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Bible is the best wayout to conquer your sins ,and which can take you on the path of heaven .

  158. kathie lanham January 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is the challenge of resources.

  159. Andrew January 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    The biggest challenge that pastors face is staying true to the Scriptures in faithfully and consistently without fear of loosing earthly popularity, prominence, riches in preaching the hard soteriological truths surrounding and within the Gospel of Christ. I cannot think of a more important challenge to pastors, than getting the Gospel right, and doing so consistently without fear of men or unpleasant consequences.

  160. eben January 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    The biggest challenge pastors face is seduction of materialism through money.

  161. Erika C. January 21, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Keeping their members to trust their word and most importantly the Lord’s word by being a faithful Christian.

  162. todd January 21, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I think the biggest challenge pastors face is understanding what pace the church should move at. Knowing where God wants the church to move is only half the goal, understanding when and how is also important.

  163. Paul January 21, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    The biggest challenge that I see is balancing family and miniatry. Many are merely surviving instead of thriving in their families and ministries.

  164. Matt Turner January 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    The biggest challenge to me for Pastor’s today is not getting off track on preferences, “pet peeves”, and the problems of this world and to stay on course with the main thing sharing the good news of the gospel with others and helping Christians develop a true walk with God. If we do those two things alone we will change this world for Christ.

  165. Mary Smith January 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    The hardest part in being a pastor is to relize you are the only Christ others see, therefore you must always conduct yourself in a mannor that is Holy and acceptable Unto God.

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