Suffering in vocational ministry

‘We must suffer without self-pity, resentment, and murmuring, but with rejoicing. Then we advance the gospel.’

‘As a young pastor, I entered the ministry prepared for the rejoicing but not for the suffering. When the inevitable buffetings and sorrows came, especially in the form of rejection, I thought, I don’t deserve this. Maybe you’ve thought that, too. And while it is a valid thought, it is not profound.’

‘Ministry isn’t everything. Jesus is.’

-Ray Ortlund

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 (GSIV: Miller: Success, Failure, and Grace;

Church Growth, Planning, and Multiplication;

Ray Ortlund)