- The higher you get on the ladder of leadership, the more your rear end is exposed. [Wayman Mitchell]
- Pastoring is about running from one pile of poop to another. [Wayman Mitchell]
- The true character of ministry is a servants heart. [Harold Warner]
- One of the hardest jobs in ministry is keeping your own relationship with God where it needs to be. [Harold Warner]
- The goal of the pastor is not to get people to show up but to get people to grow up. [John Maxwell]
- At times, the terrible strain of ministry on a marriage is what seems unbearable. This is particularly true when the marriage existed before the ministry. It is then that many wives feel as if the
church has stolen the husband and lover she married. In his place is a religious robot who spends his energy and passion on his mistress, the church. He wrongly assumes that he should love the church and
feed his wife. But the fact is, we were never told to love the church; Christ does that for us. We are told to love our wives and feed the church. Too many pastors are having an affair with their careers.
That can only lead to frustration and despair. Ministry is a demanding lover with few feelings of loyalty for those who look to her for appreciation or recognition. [T.D. Jakes]
- If we are to avoid disappointment as pastors, we must adjust our expectations to the reality rather than the ideal of ministry. Idealistically, we think we have found a place of fulfillment in the
pastorate. Idealistically, we believe if we lay down our lives for the sheep, we will be applauded. The truth is, the shepherd is only a steward of the sheep. The sheep are being reared for a purpose - and
that purpose is neither camaraderie nor friendship. The flock will not give you a sense of family. If you expect that, then you will end up feeling betrayed. They will not give you intimacy or affection.
They will take from your scarred and bleeding hands direction without affection, guidance without commitment. Only those who make the transition from sheep to disciples begin to feel any level of loyalty -
and that is the direct result of discipline. [T.D. Jakes]
- If only we could realize that our purpose is to be caretakers. We are responsible for leading our flock to the place where the grass is green, but it is up to them to eat! We cannot be responsible for
how much they digest. We cannot make people mature. Yet many ministers are exhausted from playing God. We have worn ourselves out trying to be spiritual policemen. Sometimes weíve done it through
ignorance; other times, for fear of being ridiculed by our peers for having problems in the sheepfold. It is enough to be responsible for ensuring that our people have the opportunity to graze in the rich
grass of Godís nutritious word. Beyond that, we must trust the word to take itís effect. It will work faster in some people than in others. the spiritual body grows and metabolizes food at different rates
much like the natural body does. [T.D. Jakes]
- Many of us harbor hidden low self-esteem. We deem everything and everyone more important that ourselves and think that meeting their needs is more important than meeting our own. But if you run out of
gas, everyone riding with you will be left stranded. [T.D. Jakes]
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