What battles do pastors expect?
“I knew there would be battles for the gospel or battles for a biblical philosophy of ministry.
I knew there would be skirmishes with fellow leaders or tugs of war between competing ministry interests.
I knew that there would be an inevitable ebb and flow of ministry, that we would go through both bright and dark passages.
I knew that people don’t always hunger for or treasure the gospel of Jesus Christ as they should.
I knew that not everyone to whom I was called to minister would have a natural affection for or connection to me.
I knew I would be compared to the pastors who preceded me.
I knew that I would be called to minister in moments of meagre resources of both help and money.
I knew I would be called to battle for the gospel in people’s lives in very hard moments.
I knew that there would be times when people were angry with God and therefore not all that excited with me.”
What battle do pastors not expect?
“…but what I didn’t know or anticipate were the battles that would rage inside of me…”
“Pastoral ministry is always shaped by a war between the kingdom of self and the kingdom of God, which is fought on the field of your heart.”