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Thorn: The Weight and Wait of Ministry

Ministry bestows a burden that leaves me aware of my need for grace.
Thorn: The Weight and Wait of Ministry

In conjunction with our most recent print issue of Leadership Journal, an exploration of the State of the Pastorate, we asked a series of pastors a simple question: what is the current state of your pastorate? The full collection of essays will be updated throughout the week.

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The church I serve as lead pastor is the church I helped to found in 2007 with a core group of committed Christian families. Eight years later, I could reflect on achievements, mistakes, growth, challenges, joys, or disappointments. But most of the time this is what’s on my heart: the weight of ministry and the wait of ministry.

The weight of ministry

In all my time in the pastorate, the weight of pastoral ministry never lightens. I’ve trained up leaders and learned to delegate responsibilities. ...

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