Dangers to Ministry Leaders
I have been in ministry a number of years, serving in small, midsize, and large churches. There are ministry mine fields all over, and one misstep can ruin your family, ministry and influence that God has allowed you to develop. Here are some DANGERS to ministry leaders that I have observed over the years. Our ministries are in danger when:
1. We love ministry more than we love Jesus and the people to whom we minister.
2. We are busy with busyness than busy enjoying the joy of our salvation.
3. Our spouses and families get our leftover energy instead of our best selves.
4. Our spouses and children see more joy in our faces for ministry than for them.
5. We begin to believe and embrace our own press clippings.
6. Our primary motives for ministry are applause, recognition, and idolization from our peers.
7. We allow our accomplishments to cause us to accept and live with “reasonable” sins in our lives.
8. We allow our abilities and gifting to cause us to become less dependent on God.
9. We allow our addiction to success to cut our appetite for our desire for Jesus.
10 We allow work to replace solitude and activity to replace prayer.
11. We let the addiction to the praises of people to keep us from living the truth and convictions of God.
What other dangers to ministry leaders can you add to this list? With which danger(s) do you most identify? How can you guard yourself against these dangers in ministry?
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