Ministry is a calling - and it's a dangerous one.
I would argue that every child of God is called to ministry in some capacity. By that, I simply mean that each recipient of grace is meant to be a participant in the work of grace as well. I love what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 - "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us." (ESV)
But then there are those who have been called to full-time vocational ministry. This could be a pastor, a worship leader, a ministry director, a missionary, or anyone else whose life is defined by their ministerial work. For these people, the calling of ministry is even more dangerous.
I have found that this ministry culture, especially for church pastors, is unhealthy. It comes with a set of temptations that are unique to, or at least intensified, by the call of full-time ministry.
So how do you handle those burdens and resist those temptations? Today I have a free resource that I pray will help.
Dangerous Calling Bonus Chapter
My friends at Crossway asked me to write a bonus chapter to my book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting The Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry. This bonus chapter lays out 11 practical steps for you to pursue regularly in your vocational ministry.
I would encourage you to meditate on these reminders for yourself, but don't neglect to meet with one another. Gather a group of ministry friends or colleagues and work through this material together, stirring up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).
May God bless you, your ministry, and your family.
P.S. - If you don't own the Dangerous Calling book or live conference, visit www.paultripp.com/dangerous-calling to pick up your own copy.