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This week our ministry sponsored an amazing regional conference designed to encourage and equip pastors to serve Christ with firm biblical conviction. Church leaders from 25 states, Canada and Mexico gathered with a resolute focus on “prayer and the ministry of the word” as the paramount priorities for New Testament ministry. Words cannot describe all the Lord accomplished in our hearts, and only eternity will record the fruit that will continue as a result.
One breakout session featured a panel of experienced pastors who spoke about longevity and endurance in ministry. At the end of the session, one participant asked about the primary threats against pastoral health. The panelists offered many wise insights. As the moderator, I was enriched by their words and also inspired with some clarity about modern-day ministry.
Month - October - Pastor - Appreciation - Month
It is good to remember that the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We all should understand the unique challenges pastors face as we pray for them with a firm hope in God’s power to strengthen and sustain them. While some ministry landmines have been constant for millennia, the current technological age has accentuated certain vulnerabilities. Four specific “plagues” of modern-day ministry came to mind this week. A “plague” can be defined as “something which causes continual trouble or distress.”
The Plague of Ambition – Television, the Internet and social media have created a perception of the “haves” and “have nots” in ministry. Two thousand years ago Paul wrote about the call to leadership. He stated, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1). Paul reminded potential leaders that the office and calling were noble because many shied away from the sacred role. In that day, persecution was rampant and pastors would often be the first to lose their lives for the gospel....
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