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10 Good Things That Aren’t Good Enough Reasons to Become a Pastor

8. You are tired of conflict.

Much of pastoral ministry is about conflict. There is resistance to Jesus from within, and even from your own heart. Then there is persecution from without.

Every inch that the Kingdom of God advances is tenaciously defended.

9. You want others to respect you.

Respect is required for a pastor, according to Scripture. He is to be respected in his home, in his church and among outsiders (1 Tim. 3:4, 7).

But respect can be hard to come by, and the man who moves into ministry to win the approval of others is sure to fail miserably (Gal. 1:10).

10. You want to make a difference.

You should want to be used by Jesus to draw attention to him. But how you go about doing just that is really important.

You don’t have to have a pulpit. You don’t have to be loud.

The best way to spread his fame is still the biblical way: “Aspire to live quietly and to mind your own affairs and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (1 Thess. 4:11–12).

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Pastor Dave is one of three Executive Elders at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. Pastor Dave earned a masters degree in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His Acts 29 church, City On A Hill, in Albuquerque, NM became the first out-of-state Mars Hill Church in 2009. He currently serves as the Teaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church, where he overseas all 15 Mars Hill Church locations and the Lead Pastor Residency Program.