If you frequent my blog, surely you’ve noticed by now that I love lists. I’m a list guy. I make “to do” lists nearly everyday. When I start thinking about preaching, I often think of lists. Even blogging has become a list thing. I especially love “Top 10″ lists. Remember these?
- Top 10 Reasons I’m Excited about Heaven
- Top 10 Worst Christmas Gifts … Ever
- 10 Things I Wish My Wife would Whisper in my Ear
- 10 Ways to Put Someone to Sleep during the Sermon
- Then there were 8 Signs you are Growing Up Spiritually (Okay, so I was two short)
So I got to thinking of some other things I’d like to share and sure enough, I ended up with another “10 Things” post. So when it comes to lists, like them or not, they are here to stay on my blog.
Here are 10 Lessons I’ve Learned in Ministry…
- It’s not a job. When you begin to see it as just a job you need to get out of ministry and do something else.
- You cannot please everyone, nor can you make everyone happy. So don’t sweat it.
- Church bulletins are a necessary evil. They are a pain in the neck, but you cannot over-communicate with your congregation.
- Get out of the office and among people. You can’t sit in an office all day and do ministry.
- Sometimes you have to let people leave the church. For example, Jesus allowed the rich young ruler to walk away. Another example, the space shuttle has to lose some of its parts to make it into space.
- There’s a fine line between faith and stupidity. Knowing the difference can make all the difference.
- You can’t do everything, so don’t try.
- It’s okay to rest, relax and sometimes go hide. Jesus did.
- Seek wisdom from others. There’s some smart people out there.
- Far more important than your ministry and only second to God is your family. Don’t neglect them.
So, what are some things you’ve learned from doing what you do?