11 Things I Said I Would NEVER Do In Ministry

Many years ago when I started in ministry, there were certain things I said that I would NEVER do. On some I’ve held true, and on others I’ve failed miserably. Here are some of those things I said I’d NEVER do in ministry …

  1. I said I would NEVER want to be called anything but Trey. There are all kinds of titles that people call ministers … like brother, minister, evangelist, father, pastor, reverend, Dr., The Most Holy Something-Or-Another, etc … I’ve always been most comfortable with just “Trey.” People often ask, “What are we supposed to call you?” I tell them, “I’m fine with just Trey.” I have SUCCEEDED in this!
  2. I said I would NEVER write or publish anything with a silly, cute and goofy title. Let me explain.  Nothing makes me shake my head more often than when a minister feels obligated to do a bulletin article, paper article, blog, etc. with a goofy rhyming title. For example, you will NEVER see me publish something with a title that says, “Trey’s Tidbits,” or “Trey’s Trinkets.”  I can’t see why anyone would ever want to title their stuff, “Mark’s Musings,” “Greg’s Goodies,” “The Preacher’s Pickn’s,” “Warren’s Wise Words,” or “Jason’s Jargon?” Makes no sense to me. I have SUCCEEDED in this and I’m PROUD of it!
  3. I said I would NEVER put my family second to ministry. Sadly, there have been a few times when I have. Thankfully I’m SUCCEEDING more than FAILING.
  4. I said I would NEVER be afraid of failure when it came to trying new things in ministry. I’ve FAILED plenty at this. Thankfully I’m learning more and more everyday to dream big.
  5. I said I would NEVER wear a sweater vest. I’m proud to say I’ve SUCCEEDED!
  6. I said I would NEVER let it bother me when people didn’t like me. Two things are very true about ministry … “Sometimes people just don’t like you, and you just can’t please everyone.” Those are true statements, but I still let it bother me. FAIL!
  7. I said I would NEVER see ministry as just job. AND I’ve said that when ministry becomes just a job to me and not a ministry anymore, I would get out. Thankfully, I’ve SUCCEEDED on this.
  8. I said I would NEVER be a church jumper. Meaning, I didn’t want to be a minister who changed jobs every two years. I wanted to get somewhere, settle down and do ministry. After 10 years in one place and 9 here in Childress, I think I’m SUCCEEDING at this.
  9. I said I would NEVER think I have all the answers. Meaning, when things happen in my life and ministry that I need advice on, I still call wiser men who have been in ministry MUCH longer than I have … and I ask them for advice. SUCCEEDING!
  10. I said I NEVER wanted to hide my faith, my life and my marriage from the world, BUT I wanted to live those things out-loud where people could see if they wanted.  I think I’m SUCCEEDING most of the time.
  11. I said I would NEVER just quit. Thankfully I’m still hanging in there.

How about you … anything you said you’d NEVER do?

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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. I am proud to rock my sweater vests, brother–LOL!

  2. John Clemmons says:

    Keep on “Failing Forward” per the title of one of John Maxwell’s books on leadership. “Soldier On!” as Leroy Garrett puts it so simply.

  3. mmlace says:

    Dude…my blog is “MMLACE’s MEDITATIONS”…

    Thanks, brother.

  4. It could be worse. It could be “Peter’s Piddlings.” (Did I just type that out loud?)

  5. Jesse says:

    Glad to see you’ve had more success than failure. By the way, are you speaking to the college class at Sunset this week? If so, I’ll be looking forward to meeting you in person.

  6. Jen says:

    I said I would never say things like, “Don’t run with scissors.” or “We’ll see.” to my kids. Totally failing!

  7. Lura says:

    I have always said that I will never jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Success thus far…..

  8. Rob says:

    My father in law sent me this link… so glad he did. I needed to read this today.


  9. Dale says:

    Well spoken…

  10. I think that’s a pretty good list, Trey! Congratulations for succeeding more than not!!!

  11. I appreciated this. Thank you!

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. 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.

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