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The Almost Inevitable Ruin Of Every Minister . . . And How To Avoid It

by Don Whitney

1 Timothy 4:15-16 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Almost everyone knows someone who used to be in the ministry. Almost everyone knows someone who shouldn't be in the ministry. And every minister knows another minister—if not several—he does not want to be like.

But the sad news for ministers is, regardless of your age or education or experience, it is almost inevitable that you will become the kind of minister you do not want to be. So I think it's important to address the subject of: the almost inevitable ruin of every minister . . . and how to avoid it.

Once when a Southern Baptist denominational executive was on the Midwestern Seminary campus in the late 1990s, he asserted that statistics show that for every twenty men who enter the ministry, by the time those men reach age sixty-five, only one will still be in the ministry.

Leer más: The Ruin of Ministers

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I ran into this article today and wanted to pass it along (pay attention, also, to the comments made by Tom Chantry): 

The Pastoral "Call," and how there isn't one [PDF]

Finally... a voice of reason based on Scripture. If you think God might want you in "vocational / pastoral / full-time" ministry, you should: 

  • Study the Bible (lots).
  • Evangelize the lost (intentionally).
  • Edify the saved (preaching and teaching the Bible).
  • And then, if a church or congregation says, "Please come be our pastor," then you check your desire (1Tim 3.1). If you want to, go do it. 

The problem arises when no church or congregation wants you as their pastor (or the people you are currently "ministering" to are fairly vocal about you not being qualified for the job). That should be a pivotal moment in your life when you start making some long-term plans to pursue another vocation.

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LRRP: Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (“lurp”)

Different does not mean disqualified.

I was recently reminded of the integral part LRRPs played in the Vietnam War. With “integral” I mean to say they were “necessary to the completeness of the whole.”

When I was visiting with some friends outside San José recently, I was told of a dear brother and fellow missionary who had spoken poorly of me before I ever arrived. His comment was, “Greg likes to work alone” and the implication of that statement was that I am not qualified nor am I able to participated in the Mission that God has given to each member of the Body of Christ (the mission of edification; Eph 4.11-16).

Read More: LRRP: Integral Members of the Team

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