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The ABCs of Ministry

It happened again.  I’ll spare the details. This time it was one of my former Seminary students, a winsome, deeply committed young man. He had risen too fast from the small church where he began to serve, to a larger church with too much responsibility for his age and experience.  He remembered a classroom lecture I once shared entitled, “Satan’s Great Track Record,” with three points: Sex, Power, and Money, but he said he assumed it was for others in the room. In delivering such a message to my want-a-be-ministers, I had an advantage – I grew up as the Preacher’s kid. With a Pastor as my father, I wasn’t allowed to do certain things, go certain places, participate in certain events, date certain girls, etc.  When I was dropped off at a small Baptist college, located a long way from home, my father said., “Son, remember who you are when no one knows who you are.” His statement both guided me and haunted me.  Not everyone grows up in that kind of environment, with that kind of advice. John Maxwell report-ably said, “When leaders believe they can do whatever they want in private even if it contradicts what they do in public, they violate their calling.”  Again, my advantage – I had a strong upbringing and a powerful calling.  I tried to pass it on to my students.  Sometimes it worked, other times, it failed. What God asked of Ezekiel, He needs to ask again to those who have influence over the young ministers, “Have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us’” (Ezekiel 8:12).  Pass on to those who follow you, the simple ABCs of ministry: Acknowledge God’s call.  Behave yourself. Cling to the cross (more on this point later).

 

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