This is part of larger series: Truth for Rookie Pastors.
Since it happened to the pastor who wrote the book, it will happen to me.
This is the logic I assumed would play out in my life. I didn’t say it that succinctly, or say it at all for that matter, but I wholeheartedly believed it. I would lead a community of people to a modern day revival.
When that didn’t (and hasn’t as of yet) happen I lost any sense of contentment.
Those that I was ministering to weren’t enough. If only I had those people in my ministry, or someone with certain gifts or talents.
My job title was what was holding me back. If only I had more leadership responsibilities.
The church culture was the problem and I needed to go somewhere else.
Contentment in ministry should not be determined by where or with who or with how many you are doing ministry, but in the fact that you are living out ministry.
Those feelings of discontentment tell you that others need to change for you to be satisfied, when it is only when you live out your calling that you can be satisfied.
Quit complaining and get to work.
You only find contentment when you sink into your true calling and identity in Christ.
Looking at the outcomes of your ministry and getting caught up in the structures of the institutional church is the easiest path to discontentment and uselessness.