Why is music ministry stressful? According to a 2009 CNN survey of stressful jobs with low pay, a church music director is listed as #5: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/pf/0910/gallery.stressful_jobs/5.html. While a church pastor is #10: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/pf/0910/gallery.stressful_jobs/10.html.
The weekly job demands, seasonal events, expectations, criticism, complaints, low salary, disrespect, and often poor treatment all play a part in this. Music ministry may be difficult, but it is quite rewarding, fulfilling, and vital to church body life. As Spurgeon said, the local church is imperfect but “the dearest place on earth.”