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The 3 Things I Miss Most About Pastoral Ministry

3. Shepherding Through Seasons

I belong to a multigenerational church. I always have, even when I was a kid and my family was involved in a church plant.

As the years have gone by, one of the things I love most about Sundays is gathering for worship with people from all walks of life, all life stages. There’s something special about the senior in high school standing next to a senior adult, singing the same songs to Jesus.

When it comes to multigenerational ministry, the pastoral aspect I miss is being present at events for different groups at different stages of life. I miss the senior adult luncheons, the student ministry’s DiscipleNow weekends, counseling sessions with couples about to be married or meeting businessmen for lunch.

Pastoral ministry hasn’t stopped since I came to LifeWay, of course. I’m still involved with these groups at different levels of intensity. But there’s something about that daily, weekly, monthly rhythm of being present among church members in all stages of life that I miss.

What about you? If you’re in pastoral ministry, what do you think you’d miss most? If you’re not, what parts appeal to you?  

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Trevin Wax is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. Trevin currently serves the church by working at LifeWay Christian Resources as managing editor of The Gospel Project, a gospel-centered small group curriculum for all ages that focuses on the grand narrative of Scripture. He has been a regular blogger since 2006 and regularly contributes articles to publications such as Christianity Today. He authored two books, "Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals" (2010) and "Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope" (2011).