Top 10 Random Thoughts About Church Ministry

(10) Sunday morning is absolutely the most grueling time of the week for me. On Sunday afternoons I feel like an athlete after a highly competitive contest.

(9) You hear a lot about how people no longer respect clergy. I’m sure that’s often true, but in my experience, I’ve found that many people still attach respect to the office.

(8) Serving at a church that is staff-led, and where everyone shares a common vision and is on a common mission, is such a totally, completely, entirely different experience from serving in a church where it’s congregational led, nothing ever gets done, no one cares about those outside the church, and pretty much everyone is clueless about what being a Christian is all about.

(7) Geography has a huge impact on the way ministry is done. Most of the books, conferences, and training seminars are produced by guys from the big city. Very little of their methodology is effective in places like the Eastern Shore.

(6) Fortunately, more and more people are catching on to the biblical idea that ministry is not something done only by pastors. It’s for everyone in the church. Expecting the pastors to do all the work of ministry is like expecting a football coach to play every position on the team.

(5) Technology has given the church some ministry tools that should make today the greatest day in the history of the church. We can reach people literally all over the globe in numerous ways (such as blogs and podcasting), and often for free.

(4) Saying that you’re a minister is like saying that you’re a businessman. It’s so general that it barely narrows down what it is you actually do. There is such an enormous spectrum of ministry roles at church: preacher, vision-caster, visitor, administrator, music leader, drama script writer, counselor, set designer, email writer, video editor, small groups leader, discipler, and on and on.

(3) The most ineffective ministers are the ones who try to do all of those things listed in #4 above. Tackling more than three or four of those roles will horrendously dilute any minister’s effectiveness.

(2) Being known as a pastor can make it difficult to live an effective Christian life. Many times I’ve been treated by people as though I’m some kind of professional holy man, rather than a sincere follower of Jesus Christ. It’s often tempted me to go bi-vocational, something that is still a very real possibility.

(1) Rarely do I feel closer to God than when I’m preaching. I know that I couldn’t do it at all without Him, and so the whole time I’m preaching, I’m experiencing inside the wonder of having God work through me.

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