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1. “I enjoyed your little talk.”

2. “Is what you said true, or was that just preacher talk?”

3. “I heard (famous preacher) preach that same sermon on television.  He did it so much better.”

4. “Could you come to my home and preach that sermon to my husband?”

5. “You ought to hear the pastor at our church.  He’s been to seminary.”

6. “Our church is so much bigger (better, friendlier, whatever) than yours.”

7. “The restroom is out of paper.”

8. “My cousin said I would like your preaching. It’s all right, I guess.”

9. “Someone–I’m not saying who–told me to tell you….”

10. “Can I come by your office in the morning?  I might need a couple of hours of your time.”

11. “Could I call you tonight after we get home from the movie?  It might be 10:30 or so.”

12.  (Calls at 7:30 in the morning.)  “Hi Pastor. Did I wake you?”

13. “I heard Celebration Church baptized 92 people last week. And Williams Church had a $100,000 offering.”

14. “Do you get paid by the word or by the hour?”

15. “Just because you’re the pastor doesn’t make you always right.”

16. “Who told on me?”

17. “The game starts at 11:30 today, preacher.  Hint, hint.”

18. “I read about your child in the paper. I’m so sorry.”

19. “Today’s sermon was a big improvement over your last few messages.”

20. “Hi Pastor! Bet you don’t remember my name.”

21. “The previous pastor had a great sermon on that text.  I used to love his stories.”

22. “Can you give me two minutes in the worship service this morning to make a few announcements?”

23. “Can I take the microphone to say a few words now, preacher?”

24. “I know you’re getting ready to preach, Pastor, but can I tell you something that’s been bothering me.”

25.  “Now, don’t take this personally, pastor….”

26. “So, what does your wife do in the church?”

27. “We don’t want those kind of people in our church.”

28. “You preach too long; that’s why people are leaving.”

29. “Don’t forget who pays the bills around here.”

30. “Oh, pastor–don’t you just love Joel Osteen!”

31. “Back in my old church, we used to….”

32. “Well, all I know is if I were the pastor, I would….”

33. “It must be nice to work just one day a week.”

34. “I see here by the notes in my Bible that’s the third time you’ve preached that sermon.”

35. “Would you agree with me in prayer, Pastor, that the Lord would give us a new house (car, job, whatever).”

36. “Where is your wife today, Pastor? I didn’t see her. Shouldn’t she be here?”

37.  “Here’s a tape of the preacher we heard on vacation.”

38. “Do you have a real job–or is this all you do?”

39. “I used to think you were the best preacher in town.”

40. “Are you aware of what your daughter posted on Facebook?”

41. “Believe me, pastor, you do not want to go there!”

42. “You just got back from the youth camp, I hear. So, how was your vacation?”

43. “Well, preacher, you do this because you get paid. The rest of us are volunteers and do it for nothing. We have a life.”

44. “This is our church.  My granddaddy started this church.”

45. “I miss our church when it was just our people.”

46. “I forgot to write you your paycheck, Pastor. I’ll bring it with me next Sunday.”

47. “Your hands are so soft.  Have you ever done a day’s work in your life?”

48. “I don’t care what the Bible says. I know what I believe….”

49. “You are part-time, right?”

50.  “Some of us don’t think your wife ought to hold an outside job.  You need her help pastoring everyone.”

51. “You’re retired military, so you have a pension.  That’s why we didn’t give you a raise.”

52. “You preachers say God leads you from church to church. But I’ve noticed it’s always for more money.”

53. “I’m not being fed.”

54. “Would you tell the music director to sing some of the hymns I like?”

55. “It’s not me personally, but some are complaining about….”

56. “I know you’re having a financial struggle, pastor, but it’s not our fault you have so many children.”

57. “Well, that’s not how things work in the real world.”

58. “I called you at home tonight, Pastor, because I didn’t want to bother you at the office.”

59. “You’re fired.”

(Permission is given to anyone and everyone to quote from this, in part or in total. Thanks to a host of friends for helping with it.)

Dr. Joe McKeever is a preacher, cartoonist and the retired Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Currently he loves to serve as a speaker/pulpit fill for revivals, prayer conferences, deacon trainings, leadership banquets and other church events. Visit him and enjoy his insights on nearly 50 years of ministry at

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Omenlemen Aidenojie Godwin

commented on Sep 4, 2015

Dr. Ronald Shultz

commented on Sep 4, 2015

Two thumbs up!!! I have a heard a few of those in my day.

William Howard

commented on Sep 4, 2015

Glory! And that's not all folks. Keep it real preacher, keep it real.

E L Zacharias

commented on Sep 4, 2015

Great list. We can easily round this off to 6 or 100. I'll add another: Overlooking the fact that we have a secretary and email, "Can you make sure this gets in the bulletin / newsletter?"

E L Zacharias

commented on Sep 4, 2015

I meant "we could ealily round this off to 60 ... " My bad.

John D. Wild

commented on Sep 4, 2015

I resent this article. I have been a pastor for over two decades, and anyone can express a view to me about whatever. Neither I nor any other pastor needs to be coddled, any more than a pharmacist, an architect, a teacher or court judge or anyone else. Civility is appropriate here, not avoiding confrontation. If a pastor cannot deal properly with some of the nonsense people hand out, then he should find some other career, because he's too weak to handle criticism. John D. Wild

Sonny Thomas, Sr.

commented on Sep 6, 2015

I notice you are on other sites where you can comment. You appear to be critical at most times of those writing such as this post from July 15, 2015 - "Most of this could be said about anyone, not just pastors. We pastors are nothing special, we just have a specific God-given ministry. Also, the author should proof-read his writing and correct his grammar." I've also been a pastor for nearly two decades and since you say anyone can express a view to you about whatever, I'll take you up on it. How about not being so critical?

Sonny Thomas, Sr.

commented on Sep 6, 2015

My correction. The post was from June 18, 2015. Another reply to it was posted on July 15.

R.l. Wilson

commented on Sep 4, 2015

Pastor Wild the author has over 50 years in ministry and is obviously making light of what NOT to say to your pastor. It's really not that deep. Some people just don't think or make sure their brain is loaded before they shoot their mouth off to their pastors. Others think the pastor works directly for them. It's funny that you are the only one offended by this article. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. ,

Ylli Doci

commented on Sep 5, 2015

yes... it is just some of the odd things we hear from those whom we serve... it can be funny, hurtful, stupid or strangely insightful... that we have to endure well...

Joe Mckeever

commented on Sep 6, 2015

Readers might be interested in how we came up with this list. I said on Facebook "I'm working on an article dealing with things we should NOT say to a preacher. Give me your favorite." Honestly, I had thought to do "ten things." Eventually, we had 250 or so suggestions. Since many were duplications, we whittled it down to 59. It was a fun exercise, and not to be taken too seriously.

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