Being in full-time ministry can be quite challenging. There are certain pitfalls to avoid to ensure you are remaining spiritually healthy.

Ministry Pitfalls

Being in full-time ministry can be quite challenging. There are certain pitfalls to avoid to ensure you are remaining spiritually healthy.

Recently I found myself in a couple of these pitfalls. I had just spent the last year and a half reorganizing our On Track children’s class, putting on a conference to cast the new vision, and raising up a talented woman to be the director. Whew! After delegating all the responsibilities to her over those last few weeks I felt empty and unfulfilled.

Do you know what I did? I began searching for another ministry outlet immediately. In those 18 months, I was used to receiving clear direction from God. I enjoyed seeing progress and lives impacted for Jesus. Why not keep going?

But I realized something was wrong. I wasn’t being as effective.

The good thing about the Father is that He shows us where we’re “off.” He gently showed me I was:

  • squeezing out every last drop pouring into others before recharging
  • being fulfilled solely by ministry instead of by a personal relationship with God

He reminded me that I needed to eat from His hand for awhile.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103, KJV

I’ve learned that if I’m going to serve in ministry, I need to avoid ministry pitfalls. I need to walk in the balance of staying filled up on His wonderful Word.

How has your effectiveness been altered by spiritual pitfalls?

3 thoughts on “Ministry Pitfalls

  1. Dear Kelly,
    You have done a wonderful job with this site and blog. I am very proud of you and love you very much! Your articles are inspiring and I am sure will be a help to those who read.

  2. Love the blog. It’s amazing!! I especially love the ministry pitfalls. Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A. writes Ten ways to be an Effective Minister:
    1. Maintain a vibrant relationship with Christ to the very end.
    2. Live with an expectancy of repeated renewal.
    3. Live the truth of God in such a way that his convictions and trust in God’s faithfulness is real.
    4. Maintain a learning posture throughout life and enjoy learning from various sources.
    5. Have multiple mentors.
    6. Have a dynamic, vital, and changing philosophy of ministry.
    7. Minister from a broad perspective of an awareness that whatever occurs in ministry is part of a larger destiny which God has planned for them.
    8. View selection, development and empowerment of leadership among their highest ministry priorities.
    9. View their present ministry from a life-long perspective by which they continue growing in an ever-expanding awareness of God’s destiny for them.
    10. Leave behind one or more ultimate contributions—a lasting legacy.

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