Three Reasons I Sometimes Want to Bail on Ministry

I sometimes want to bail on ministry. As I’ve pondered the reasons for my longing I’ve realized that there are three.
 
1.     I’ve forgotten Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
 
2.     I’ve forgotten I am called to carry my cross.
 
3.     I’ve forgotten it is because of the cross that I have the opportunity to introduce others to Jesus, the One who carried His own cross, the One who sacrificed all on the cross, and the One who is preparing a place for His followers in heaven who have embraced the power of the cross.
 

I think I’ll stick around.

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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.