The Idolatry of Vocational Ministry

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Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve spoken to a young man who was lamenting his day job and longing to be in full-time vocational ministry, I’d have 20’s of dollars. Over the last several years Steph and I have shared this observation: For many maturing Christians, they automatically assume that full-time vocational ministry is the next step for their spiritual journey. While this may be true for some of them, I would argue that it can quickly be an idol, or at least an unfair litmus test for godliness.

Several years ago I was having breakfast with an older pastor and he made this comment, “There are many people who go into vocational ministry because they are lazy.” Now my friend was known to not mince words, but before just dismissing him outright, I decided to engage that statement with him. After a few moments I began to understand what he was saying and had to pause and evaluate my own heart. Had I been looking to my goal of full-time paid vocational ministry as a false god (something that I put my hope in for joy) or perhaps I, too, was just lazy. Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – A Word of Caution – Part 4

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Photo by Oliver Pacas

A WORD OF CAUTION

If you are just tuning into this series, you may want to go read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 before reading through this post.

As I have been writing from my experience as a church planter about how I have and continue to provide for my family through while church planting, I felt compelled to offer some words of caution. Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Tentmaking – Part 3

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Photo by Dyaa Eldin Moustafa

If you haven’t had an opportunity to read Part 1 and Part 2, I’d encourage you to do so before proceeding through this post.

When Steph and I moved to The Woodlands / Magnolia, TX area to plant Christ Community Church, we knew that a lot of hard work, late nights, and persistent prayer would be required of us.  We also were aware that it would be quite some time before the church would be able to compensate us in a manner that would cover all of our financial needs.  We were okay with this at the time, and most days are still happy that we chose to do this. Continue reading

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