Pastors are Not Ministry Mutants

Pastors are not ministry mutants…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

In my early days in ministry, I thought of the Apostle Paul as a Ministry Mutant. He was wholly different than regular people and was Holy Ghost hardwired for the rigors of ministry. This was absurd. By making Paul “nothing like me” I conveniently excused myself from being “anything like Paul.” As long as Paul was a freak of nature, there was nothing required of me!

Over time, I came to understand that many people see pastors like I used to see Paul. Ministry Mutants. This is equally absurd.

Here are eight things about pastors you may find surprising:

1. Pastors have feelings

It is always open season on pastors. Hurtful things said often get back and it does damage. Over time, it does a lot of damage.

2. Pastors get discouraged

I believe pastors need nineteen pieces of encouragement for every piece of harsh criticism they receive. I know…

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Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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