10 Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Ministry
The following are 10 lessons Iíve learned in 25 years of ministry:
As I look to the next generation of ministers I am keenly aware that
they will seek to touch a world that is increasingly distracted.
Absolutes will be challenged as those who oppose Biblical precepts
become more organized and vocal. Their strength will be in presenting
not religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The goal is not to win a debate but to redeem the heart.
Oneís public witness is only as authentic as oneís private integrity.
There is no greater source of wisdom than the Bible and no investment
that yields greater returns than prayer.
Hate is only validated when one responds in like spirit.
Jesus should never be presented as less than he claimed to be: the
way, the truth and the life.
One should live first and foremost so as to please a heavenly
Oneís legacy is found not in things that matter least but in people
who matter most.
The generation into which I am born is my calling and it beckons me
to be fully engaged.
When Jesus paused while dying on the cross to make certain his mother
was cared for, he showed how to prioritize family amidst ministry.
Sermons can inspire but it is love in action that makes the most
To the generation of ministers who have served before me that includes
Billy Graham, Bill Bright and others less well-known but equally
faithful I owe a debt of gratitude.
[ by: Rev. Bill Shuler -- from 'Keith Todd' (email@example.com) ]
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