What I believe about Ministry
My ministry has changed and developed over the years. I have a few gray hairs and a little more grace, and I sometimes think those things should go together. As I gain in my understanding and grow in my faith in Christ, I tend to be a person with more grace than in years past. I like the person I am becoming, but I have such a long way to go.
There are things that mark my ministry and my concept of pastoral leadership. I see the depth of scripture challenging me to “rightly divide the word of truth,” and “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” In these challenging verses are wrapped up a long tradition of pastoral integrity and leadership. I am called to proclaim the truth of God’s word, and make disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In doing this job, I am convicted that the pastor is to be marked by certain things that are true for every ministry, but not out of obligation. Love of the Lord, the church, and the call of God should compel the pastor and/or ministry leader to be marked by the watermark that goes with ministry.
A minister does not have to be talked into the tithe, outreach, prayer, or personal Bible Study. A minister should be the best church member on campus as an example to what the spirit filled life looks like as it manifests itself outwardly. A minister will look for opportunities to do the work of ministry, and feel the joy and satisfaction of service without notice. A minister does not need the pat on the back, but it certainly encourages us to continue what we are doing. A minister will experience divine illumination and creativity that goes obviously beyond the natural ability they possess. A minister is called to do the most important work on planet earth, and should prepare, through education and personal study, for the task.
Sometimes I am reminded that God picks the least qualified and equips them for the work of the ministry. Other times I am surprised at how some ministers forget that it’s not really their ability that God needs to do the work. I am so blessed to be called to this task, but I still don’t match up to the call.