I’ve been a minister for 10 years now so thought I might
post a couple of blogs about being a minister, this one being general
reflections and the next one on moving from a ‘smaller’ to a ‘larger’ church. Then,
if I get the time, I might blog some more about specific points over the
summer. So in no particular order (and some not entirely thought through):
most important things in church life are the ones it is hardest to measure.
ministry is about ‘who you are’ not ‘what you do’ most criticism about
your ministry ends up being personal in some form.
churches need different types of minister (or more accurately ministers
with gifts in various different aspects of ministry): work with your
strengths and focus on what is needed in this situation. And if you can,
avoid being called to a church which needs you do prioritise aspects that
is always more to do than there is time to do it. You have a
responsibility for managing your time, no one else is going to do it for
is draining spiritually, emotionally and physically. Of the three I’ve
come to recognise the emotional drain rather late but it is probably the
one which takes the biggest toll on me.
in church worry about being vulnerable or up to the task when they are
approached to do something in church. Recognise that whilst you feel like
that most of the time, it will not help them for you to point this out!
Likewise if they grumble about being put out by something.
matter how brilliant church is someone will always complain about the
quality of relationships in the church, the mission effort and the
standard of communication.
is always a balance between seeking to build consensus, allowing everyone
to have their say and robustly setting out the way forward. With the
benefit of hindsight I have nearly always been too diffident and swayed by
other people and rarely too strident and dictatorial.
there is no connection between what you believe about God, Church and
Ministry you will be condemned to picking up techniques from others based
on ‘what works for them’. You need to know why as well as what to do.
one survey 70% of ministers said they had thought of resigning. I reckon
the other 30% were lying. But being a minister is the best calling in the
world. Who else gets to be involved in seeing people’s lives re-orientated
towards God, spending their life as foundational brick in Christ’s body
and giving all their best energy to giving God glory?