A friend who works with student ministers on the various college campuses around New Orleans has invited me to address his team in their weekly gathering. Asked if he had a topic in mind for me, he said, “Give us three things you would tell those just starting out in ministry.”
Three things? How about a hundred! Here are a few that come to mind, in no particular order.
1) Make sure of your calling.
The ministry can be tough and you will often be lonely and experience great frustration. Things are not going as you had planned. The people you trusted have proven themselves untrustworthy. Those over you in the work have been unable to fulfill their promises. You’re seeing little results from your labors. You are exhausted and see no way to clear off the schedule for a well-earned rest.
Unless God calls you into this work, you will not last.