10 THINGS I’M STILL LEARNING ABOUT MINISTRY

It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been in ministry … I continue to learn new things about God, myself, others and church. Here are some things I’m learning about ministry and life right now…
  1. I’m learning that ministry is not a job, but a lifestyle. It’s who you are, not something you do. When I start seeing my ministry as a job, I need to get out of it and start doing something different.

  2. I’m learning that rest is important to ministry. It’s okay to rest, relax and sometimes run away and hide. Jesus did it.

  3. I’m learning that I can’t please everyone all the time. So I’m not going to sweat it.

  4. I’m learning that ministry is about people and when you’re not involved in people’s lives, you’re not involved in ministry. Also, in order to be around people, I must get out of the office.

  5. I’m learning that some of my most valuable relationships are those with people who are really different than me, and some down-right strange. They’re the ones that keep life interesting and they’re the ones Jesus would have been spending all his time with.

  6. I’m learning that far more important than my ministry, and only second to God, is my family. God did not give me a family to place on the back-burner of my life. Never neglect or sacrifice your family. They are your MOST important ministry.

  7. I’m still reminding myself to avoid with all my might the three “G’s”, gold, girls and glory. Nothing will kill your ministry or witness quicker than one of these three things.

  8. Never stop learning. Most jobs require CE’s (continuing education) because it’s necessary for us to continue to learn as we go.

  9. Practice what you preach, even when no one is looking. That’s called character.

  10. Don’t beat people up spiritually, build them up.
What are some things you’re learning?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Andre Nunes says:

    I'm learning to live with Christ. Learning to listen and let him speak to me. Allowing God to control my life, instead of me. At least, I think I control my life, but in reality its the illusion of control.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  2. Stoogelover says:

    Because of where I grew up and the teaching I heard for years, it took me a while (embarrassingly too long) to figure out it's better to build people up than to beat them up.

    Good lessons. After 30 years in the pulpit, I'm now learning lessons from the other side. Particularly, just how tired people are at the end of a day and at the end of a week and how much of a sacrifice some of them are making just to show up, let alone be involved to the degree church staff always wants people involved! I think after these last three years of work on the outside, I would possibly make a better preacher.

    We'll never know.

  3. cwinwc says:

    #3 is a big one for both ministers and elders. Jesus never tried to "please" anyone and quite often, he did the opposite.

    Stay close to God, your family, and your walk. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life and in the life of your church, even the ones who don't always agree with you.

    Good thoughts (that would be yours :) ) Bro.

  4. Matthew says:

    Great lessons, thank you.

  5. Gary says:

    We all need to continue to grow spiritually. A military maxim states in unconventional warfare, there is no such thing as a successful stalemate. If you are not winning then you are losing. Kind of ties in with your warning against procrastination last week.

  6. Deb ;) says:

    I am learning that God really does love ME…a sinner! I am learning that I cannot let situations control me; I must control the situations. I am learning that God does know what is best for me and does not want me to hurt, but sometimes I must go through the pain to appreciate the happiness.

  7. Jeanne M. says:

    Stoogelover – never say "never." It sounds like you are a more compassionate person than you once were – now having lived in other's shoes, so to speak. I wonder if you aren't really back there, but in a private ministry, not public.

  8. Donna G says:

    I think most of this would be true for any job….especially the "rest" part. I am suffering from lack of it after only two weeks in my new position…

  9. Dante says:

    Great words Trey, we all need to refresh and not burn out. And I think most importantly is not to make an "idol" out of our ministry (whether you are a Pastor, Elder, Deacon or Ministry Leader Lay Person)…we have to remind ourselves that it is never about us, BUT how it should always be about God and what His loved did for us…

  10. Doug Young says:

    Good stuff as usual bro.

    I'm learning that God is able to reach through the messes I've made to make something glorious for himself. He's around every corner, behind every door, waiting to work through whatever comes his way.

    To me, this takes tons of pressure off from trying to be a perfectionist. It's doesn't mean I get lazy and become unconcerned, but it does mean I can concentrate on the moment, and if I err along the way, God can even use that for good (Gen. 50).

  11. tmarty says:

    Excellent post and I really liked the "don't beat people up" part.

  12. Katy says:

    I am learning to focus on doing my part, and not criticize how others are not doing theirs. I am not perfect either. But God will fill in our lack.

  13. KingsKid777 says:

    I agree…God should always be first in your life and then your family. God gave you the gift of Himself and gave you your family. That should always be your first priority. If we were not always learning when ministering and getting closer with God then I think we are doing something wrong.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have learned that the church has "programmed" itself out of business. We have made programs for this and that because people were not being who God has made us to be. We must continue to teach and grow in spiritual maturity (holiness). When we grow in holiness we will "be about our Father's business" making a difference for the cross everyday in many ways. Building up others is a most important part of ministry, not programming up. Each part of the body can function and will function when we are growing spiritually. Thanks for the great list Trey.

    EES

  15. Mellie333 says:

    It's always wonderful to learn about Jesus. God reveals as much as you can handle.

  16. Jeremy Schopper says:

    Great list Trey! Hit the nail on the head. I actually got out of ministry for a while because it became my job. God really had some work to do on me. That one is close to my heart.

    Jeremy Schopper
    jeremyschopper.blogspot.com

  17. Angie says:

    1)Put your time and energy toward that which is positive. Don't waste a single moment on negativity. 2)Realize that the opposite of love is actually fear. You can't be a good minister (or teacher, or anything else) if you do it because you "fear" what might happen if you don't. Do it because you love people and love what you do.

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