Ministry Reflection One

This spring will be the tenth anniversary of my ordination.  Over the next couple of months, I am going to share ten reflections from my ministry experience.

The first thing I want to share is the sadness I feel when I meet people burned in ministry.  I must be honest, I have had a good time in churches and have been blessed with some awesome congregations.  I have been at my current two churches for seven and a half years and in many ways, I feel like I am still in the honeymoon stage.  My previous two churches, while moments of frustration, were great churches that I still enjoy visiting.  Because of all this, I am often surprised when I meet ex-ministers that had horrible experiences, left the ministry and are still bitter about ministry.  I am sad for numerous reasons.  I am sad that some congregations treat their pastors badly.  I am sad that some pastors are a bad fit for some churches.  I am sad that pastors let a bad experience cause them to leave ministry in general.  I am in no place to judge.  My prayer is that churches would treat their pastors well and that pastors would have a clear vision of their call that will not be derailed by a bad experience.

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