Jump directly to the Content

Currents that shape your soul

As I watched my friend being ordained, and thirty pastors gather around and lay hands upon one head, I felt a surge of joy—and a simultaneous sinking awareness that my friend, though gifted, would not find ministry easy. This newly commissioned pastor had been sent to a church of 14 to apply cardiac paddles to a patient that had flat-lined. As in the E.R., the procedure was risky and the outcome unknown.

When I visited my friend's new church, the pianist hired for the previous week had not worked out, so the service went on without any music. The nursery worker didn't show up and didn't tell anyone she wasn't coming. Bags with fresh loaves of bread sticking out waited to be passed out to visitors, but few loaves would be given out that day. Welcome to ministry.

Exiled to a rocky, barren isle, John wrote to Christians: "In Jesus we are partners in suffering and in the Kingdom and in patient endurance." We prefer to hear that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, not ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

September
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
From the Magazine
Americans Forgot How Long Refugee Resettlement Takes
Americans Forgot How Long Refugee Resettlement Takes
One year into the biggest US refugee wave since the Vietnam War, Christians are trying to buy Afghan immigrants more time.
Editor's Pick
In Our Pandemic-Scarred Churches, God Is Making All Things New
In Our Pandemic-Scarred Churches, God Is Making All Things New
A look inside our fall issue of CT Pastors.
close