How Does The Church Treat Their Ministers
I think it is important how a church treats their ministers. It can either help or hinder the future of the church. I have had some rough experiences in ministry (a stalker, elders and staff that didn't support or encourage, congregations who paid bare minimum, no health insurance, elders who didn't lead or Shepherd, slander, typical church politics, hidden agendas, unrealistic expectations, and on and on).
My home congregation treats their ministers wonderfully. I have been blessed by my home congregation as they have supported and prayed for me while going through my illness. I am thankful for them and all the other congregations who have been there for us. I know of ministers who have had a great, wonderful experience in ministry. If so please share your experience with us. I enjoy preaching, teaching, baptizing, weddings and challenging people to grow, change, have that personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I just had a very difficult time so far in full time ministry. I believe the church needs to be a safe place. A place of love and support. A place of enrichment and fulfillment for them and their families. A place where they are taken care of by physically and spiritually. I think if more ministers had great experiences in ministry we would have less ministers burning out, leaving ministry and discouraging their children from becoming ministers themselves.
Questions for discussion: So, how do should treat their minister ministers? How have you been treated in ministry by the church? How does the way the church treat their ministers play a role in the future of the church? What would you change in how the church treats their ministers?
What do you think?
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