My heroes in the ministry are those men who have stayed at the task of ministry for decades. Several years ago, I met a man who had Pastored the same church over 40 years. His name was Erastus but everyone simply referred to him as Brother Rastus. One day, I asked him how he had managed to stay at one church for such a long time and he replied, “I just stayed longer than my opponents.” But then he shared with me that over the years there were many times when he wanted to quit and just walk away. But something always kept him from doing it.
Like most Pastors in their mid-40′s I can make a list of several guys whom I started out but are now no longer in the ministry. According to a recent report by Churchleaders.com there are over 1700 ministers leaving the ministry every month in the United States. While some are leaving the ministry due to moral failure, the vast majority are simply giving up and throwing in the towel. The loneliness, frustration, and discouragement that are a natural part of the ministry have simply become…Continue Reading