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Scary Stories of Ministry

Your tales of ministry terror...

As promised, here are your responses to our request for scary ministry tales.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, in celebration of our real holiday tomorrow!

From K.W. Leslie:

Back in high school, during youth group night, the youth pastor told us about how a young man, someone really close to him, had tragically and accidentally died. And how it really shook his faith. And how he's quite sure he doesn't believe in God anymore.

Pause. The room got really quiet.

"Now, that's something your friends might say..."

Took us a second before we realized he didn't really mean any of it. This was fiction, meant to get our attention. It did indeed do that. But as a kid, it was horrifying that the pastor would just quit God like that. As an adult, it's a lot less surprising.

From Greg Moore:

I was fairly new at music ministry in a growing church in Arizona - growing enough to have Easter service, including a choir cantata, in a rented hall seating a thousand. Rehearsing the soloists, using tapes and "ghetto ...
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