I know, I know. With a title like that, I’m obviously going to join the ranks of the church and Christian-bashers out there and set out on an explanation of what’s wrong with all the other Christians.
8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;
whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them;
whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
A good friend of mine – let’s just call him “Buddy” – recently had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
I’ve recently been studying the pastoral epistles (i.e. 1, 2 Timothy, Titus), where Paul takes several opportunities to describe the qualifications for church “elders” and “deacons.” I believe that these qualifications, while specifically described for these roles, ought to apply also to anyone seeking to lead in any kind of significant capacity, or perhaps even a seemingly insignificant capacity.
As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I left a secular career as an engineering and manufacturing project manager to enter into vocational ministry, and I’ve now been a “pastor” for a couple of years, so I don’t claim to be an expert. … Stop Telling People How Hard Ministry Is (please)