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10 Reasons Ministry and Sissies Are A Bad Mix

30 May
Pastor Tom Schaller preaching at GGWO

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“SBC Voices” tells it like it is! Realism vs Idealism. My own soul resounded with a hearty AMEN!Ministerial vocation isn’t for sissies, the weak of heart or the uncharactered.

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“The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy…If you enter pastoral ministry…”

10Not everyone will like you.
  9… You will make people angry regardless how godly you handle yourself; it comes with the position.
  8… You will feel like a failure often; and when you do appear to succeed, the fruit that is produced cannot be accredited to you. God alone gives the increase. Thus, there is little “sense of accomplishment in ministry” that you may be accustomed to in other vocations.
7 You will fight legalism and liberalism, along with laziness, ignorance, tradition, and opposition.
6  Not everyone will respond positively to your preaching, teaching, or leadership. You will bring people to tears with the same sermon: one in joy, another in anger (I have done this).
5… You will be criticized, rarely to your face, and frequently behind your back. This criticism will come from those that appear to love you, those that obviously do not like you, and pastors and Christians that barely know you.
4 You will think about quitting yearly or monthly, if not weekly or even daily.
3… You will be persecuted for preaching the truth, mostly from your brothers and sisters in the pews.
2… You will feel very lonely on a consistent basis, feeling like no one truly knows you or cares how you feel, because you do not want to burden your family, and trust-worthy peers are few and far in-between. Because of the “super-Christian” myth accredited to pastors literally, you will find it extremely difficult to disclose your deep thoughts and feelings to others. Thus, you will struggle with loneliness.
1… You will probably pastor a church that is barely growing (if at all), is opposed to change, doesn’t pay well, has seen pastors come and go, doesn’t respect the position as biblically as they should, doesn’t understand what the Bible says a pastor’s or a church’s jobs are, and will only follow you when they agree with you (thus, they’ll really only follow themselves).

related posts: http://redeemedministers.blogspot.com/2011/04/26-qualifications-for-minister.html

http://sbcvoices.com/10-reasons-why-sissies-and-pastoral-ministry-are-a-bad-mix

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in character, criticism, influence, Ministry, quotes, Sissies

 

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2 responses to “10 Reasons Ministry and Sissies Are A Bad Mix

  1. FLIPP TODD

    May 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Grandpa Tex would have said,” Boy if you can get them 10 deep down in your leather you’ll get thick skin and a big grin”…

     
  2. Norma

    June 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I am not a Pastor, do have a Ministry to Victims of Domestic Violence and can identify with some of the above.
    Look forward to reading more of your comments and notes. Saw a post on Facebook site of a friend.

     

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