Monday, July 30, 2007

When Ministry Becomes a Job- Pt. 1

There is nothing more exhilarating than when one receives a call to ministry from God! It may be to pastor, to serve on a church staff, or be a part of the church leadership team. Ahhh- the Ministry, what bliss and excitement to be used in the Kingdom of God serving His precious people!

Jesus called us to follow His example in ministry: "I didn't come to be served but to serve." It seems that the apostle Paul kept that perspective in what he did and suffered for the cause of the Kingdom of God.

But, there is the possibility that the precious ministry may soon become nothing more than a job. It is approached as a job, worked as a job, hours kept like a job, expectations are those of having a job, etc.

So when do we crossover from ministry to a job?

You know ministry has become a job when...

1. You no longer enjoy serving God's people.

2. People get under your skin and are now a bother to you.

3. There is no flexibility built into your daily schedule for the needs of people. They are viewed as interruptions.

4. You keep 8-5 office hours and everything must happen within that time frame.

5. You become a chronic complainer about others.

6. You expect your boss (Senior Pastor) to give you time off, pay increases, excessive absences.

7. You stay upset at the very people that pay your salary.

8. You no longer have the joy of ministry.

9. You think your job would be easier if it weren't for other people.

10. You are looking to move on to another 'ministry.'

I know there are probably others but I was trying to stay to the popular 'Top 10' format. You may add others in the comments.

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