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 …
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- I said I would NEVER wear a sweater vest. I’m proud to say I’ve SUCCEEDED!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- I said I would NEVER just quit. Thankfully I’m still hanging in there.
How about you … anything you said you’d NEVER do?