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13 Reflections on Pastoral Ministry

July 11, 2014

Throughout my thirteen years of life as a minister of the gospel, I have collected thoughts that I would like to share with my fellow pastors. Of course, there are more than thirteen reflections that I have gathered, but, for the sake of time, let me share only thirteen:have-i-been-called-to-minis

 

  1. Pastoring is a calling from God. Having a degree from a seminary is not a guarantee that you have this ministerial calling. You will not stay long in the ministry if you don’t have this calling.

  2. The God who has called you to the ministry will also provide for you. He will help you in your preparation for the ministry. He will give you a congregation to serve. He will supply you with His grace to persevere until the end.

  3. Don’t accept a call to pastor a congregation unless you are really convinced that the Lord is calling you to serve that church. Why? Because when problems arise from that congregation, your conviction of God’s calling will encourage you to continue serving that church amidst difficulties. You can say, “Lord, you have called me to serve you in this church and I know you will sustain me.”

  4. God resists the proud. Thus, expect God to humble you. Sometimes He humbles His servants through infirmity. Every accomplished pastor that I know has a form of affliction that keeps them humble before God.

  5. Your wife can be a great help to you in the ministry. If you are a pastor and not yet married and desire to get married, look prayerfully for a godly woman who will serve with you, not hinder you. If you were already married when you became a minister, help your wife understand the nature of the ministry. Consider buying her this book Letters to Pastors’ Wives: When Seminary Ends and Ministry Begins (2013).

  6. Your family is your priority over your ministry. As Paul indicates in 1 Timothy 3:4-5, “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” If you neglect your family, your congregation will suffer eventually.

  7. God has called you primarily to preach His Word and pray. Therefore, learn to delegate your other responsibilities to others so that you can focus on your primary work. As Christ’s disciples say in Acts 6:2-4, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

  8. Don’t stop learning about your vocation. In the midst of your busy schedule, set aside time regularly to read books or articles that will help you become a better servant of the Lord. Attend pastors’ conferences where you can fellowship with and learn from like-minded ministers about the ministry.

  9. Don’t underestimate the wisdom of experienced ministers. Seek their advice and listen to them. They can save you from committing mistakes or making wrong decisions. Find an older pastor who can mentor and encourage you in the ministry.

  10. No matter how hard you try to serve your congregation, you will always have a member who will complain about your service. Remember that you cannot please everyone in the church, and you are not to please people but God. Don’t let your critics stop you from doing the Lord’s work. Fix your eyes on Jesus.

  11. Don’t think that God needs you in the ministry. The truth is you need Him more than He needs you. His work can continue without your help. So be thankful to God if He is using you in the building up of His Church. To be a minister is a great privilege from the Lord. Think about this: you are serving the maker of heaven and earth.

  12. The condition of your body can affect the life of your congregation. If you are not healthy, you cannot function well in the ministry. Hence, don’t neglect your body. Eat well. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep. At times ministry can be stressful. So learn to rest and relax, or else you will get burnout and be out of the ministry.

  13. Pay careful attention to yourself. Realize your tendency to commit sins that can disqualify you from the ministry. “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). As you shepherd your congregation, shepherd your own soul. Don’t be too busy about the ministry that you neglect the One who has called you to the ministry.

 

 

 

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  1. Maggie Segar permalink
    September 2, 2014 5:03 pm

    Thank you, I was blessed by reading the 13 important reflections on Pastoral minstry.

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