From my experience interacting with ministers of the gospel around the world, I can tell that there are probably as many reasons why ministers feel unsatisfied with the ministry as there are ministers themselves! But in this post, I want to highlight two main reasons and how to deal with them.
One of the basic truths about ministry is the fact that God is more interested in the success of your ministry than you would ever be. In other words, it doesn’t matter how passionate and desirous you are for things to work in ministry, you can’t be more concerned than God is about the work.
Hence, you can rest assured that God will do anything He needs to do to get the ministry moving. So with that settled, you know that if things aren’t working, it is more likely that you aren’t doing something right than God holding back.
So what should you do when you feel unsatisfied in ministry?
1. Are You Running Ahead Of God?
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:18-19)
In calling Peter and Andrew his brother, Jesus made one of the most important statements any minister should keep in mind. He said, “follow me and I will make you …” But sadly, what most ministers do is that they leave following Him and focus on trying to become.
You see, the measure of success you will have in ministry will be directly proportional to how closely you walk with Jesus. If you invest in your relationship with Him and truly follow Him, you will have no regrets or dull moments in ministry.
This was the secret of Jesus’ own ministry success too. He was always following the Father. He was always doing what the Father wanted to be done even at the expense of His own life.
In your ministry, who calls the shots? Who dictates the pace and who gives the direction?
If you learn to follow the Lord’s guidance at every stage, you will never be at a loss. So stop running your own show in ministry because it is never about you. Focus on representing the one that called you in the capacity He has chosen you and the tears in your ministry will be over forever.
2. Being In The Wrong Place
By being in the wrong place, I am looking at the location but beyond that, I am looking at being in the wrong ministry. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying some ministries are bad and others are great. I am only talking with respect to your calling as an individual.
When God calls you into the ministry, He calls you as one man. Then He helps you determine whether your calling is to serve with an already existing ministry or to start something new. If God wants you starting new, it doesn’t matter how many years you have pastored in an already existing ministry for, you will never find true fulfillment.
On the other hand, if God wants you in an already existing ministry, the best way to make peace elude you is to leave where He sent you and start another work.
Another important part to understand is that even among the 5-fold ministries, there are restrictions! If He has called you to be an evangelist, it doesn’t matter that people call you “pastor”, you have no business pastoring a church. Of course, you might stand in for a pastor for a while or so, but as a major calling, pastoring a church will do you and the church more harm than good.
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So you need to find your place in ministry. Were you called to start something new or continue with something already existing? What office were you called into and what does that office entail?
I remember one of the toughest decisions I made in ministry was to go ahead and pioneer something new when I had strong affiliations with already established ministries that I could tag on to. I could easily have tagged along with one of the great ministries I was already serving with. But I knew God was up to something else.
Particularly if you have an apostolic calling, you have to be careful not to force yourself into church ministry if God hasn’t expressly said so. Apostles have a special message to a special audience and don’t necessarily need to pastor churches to pass that message across.
I discuss more these inside the Excellence In Ministry Masterclass of the School Of Ministry.
So do a self-audit of your ministry right now and answer the following
Are you actively following Jesus?
Are you doing what God has commissioned you to do or you are running your own show?