"Barna released research on Tuesday which found that 50 percent of surveyed pastors felt either 'frequently' or 'occasionally' limited in their ability to speak out on certain issues, with respondents being more likely to identify those within the church as the reason." - CPost
Theologyin3d: I believe one of the reasons is that the affluence and entertainment availability of our western culture has made us all soft, unwilling to take on hard challenges, unwilling to make sacrifices ... if we make choices based on what will most reduce our suffering and increase our happiness in this world then we are no longer following Christ.
I have concluded that most church people are positive, encouraging, and supportive. Nonetheless, it generally takes at least ten encouraging things to offset one discouraging thing (this varies a lot with intensity).
The greatest discouragement most pastors face is from within the Kingdom. Jesus warned his disciples that they would have to bear insult because they belong to him (Matthew 5:11). What Jesus did not warn his disciples about is that Christians would insult fellow Christians, and particularly that Christians would insult or demoralize their leaders. I call these offenders the “ungracious ten per cent.”
Most insults are passive-aggressive—insinuation and inference. Here are some common insults—coupled with my subjective rating scale rating intent to insult.