I have found a new blog that I read regularly. His name is Clayton King. He did "summitt" or "spiritual emphasis" or "whatever you want to call it" week at IWU a few years ago. I don't really remember much about him except that most people loved him....haha. And that he had a serious passion.
But anyways....he's been talking about dangers for Veterans in Ministry.
To illustrate that, he had another post that pretty much sums up what I always have to remember in ministry. IT IS WORTH EVERYONE'S TIME!!!
They're powerful words.....people in the church always get all worked up over change, new vocab words like "emerging" and "postmodern" and "powerpoint" and "guitars" and "websites" and "blogs" and "Christian Rock"....but the bottom line is that if we know we are following God's will than we must press on toward change. God has called people into ministry to lead his children. And last time I checked leading means making tough decisions based on God's directions he gives you.
One of the main points of his post is that he knew a great pastor when he was a kid. That pastor let the congregation get to him and not take the necessary changes for growth to occur. They guilt tripped him and were afraid to really care about anyone but themselves. That pastor saw Clayton many years later while he was in the hospital and Clayton was just passing by.
These were the words of that pastor to Clayton:
“Don’t you ever stop, and don’t you ever let anyone stop you. I let a church full of lazy christians steal my passion away from me. They did not want to change, they wouldn’t reach out to anyone, and they did not care about people dying without Jesus. All they cared about was making church easy and convenient. I let them scare me into doing what they wanted. And I slowly died. I would give anything to be your age again, Clayton. I would do it differently and I would obey God no matter what people said. Trust me son, you don’t want to end up like me, dying in hospital with regrets hanging over your head. Once you let anybody other than Jesus tell you what to do, you begin to die.”
Nothing more to add to that...except to read it a second time.