• Nick Henderson

A misconception of full - time ministry

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

God called me into full-time ministry as a 16-year-old in Pensacola, FL. It was evident and extremely exciting for me. I was ecstatic about doing Kingdom work for the rest of my life.

Shortly after though, I was meeting with a few pastors from my church regarding my newfound call. In this meeting, they began to warn me about the difficulties of ministry. Difficulties such as: long workdays, feelings of isolation, lack of pay and so on.

Even as I entered bible college, these warnings were provided with more zeal. From professors, to guest speakers even fellow students. All keying in on the fact that ministry is hard and if you can do anything else – you should.

Now, I understand why people might emphasize the challenges of ministry. It’s best to not mislead young men and women regarding the expectations of their career. This would lead to a lot of unsatisfied and frankly, unqualified ministers – which is not good for anyone.

The Misconception

But, with all these warnings being communicated to such a high degree, it has created a gross misconception of full – time ministry. That misconception being that full – time ministry isn’t an awesome and amazing career!

For the past four years, I’ve gotten to serve in various capacities in ministry. From volunteer, to intern and now as a full – time minister.

Thus far, ministry has had its troubles for sure. The job can be tough at times and I’m not rolling in the dough per say, but the pros have far outweighed the cons.

Everyday, I get to wake up and reach my community for Christ and get paid to do it! It is a dream come true. This is what I am passionate about and I get to do it all the time.

Whether I am attending sporting or community events, sitting down with someone to share the gospel, crafting sermons, or planning events, it’s exactly what I know I’m called too and it’s incredible!

Knowing this, take heed to the warnings wise men and women provide you, but do not let it steal your excitement for the vocation of ministry. It is a beautiful blessing to love what you do – especially if it is full – time kingdom work.

I hope this encouraged you. If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you would share on your social media – it means the world to me!

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