Ministry is a never-ending emotional roller coaster, made up of high highs and low lows.
It’s back-to-back counseling sessions. One to counsel a doting couple about to get married, followed by one with a volatile couple’s last ditch effort before they file for divorce.
It’s back-to-back emails. One from a member of your church telling in detail what a disappointment you are as a pastor. The other from another member sharing how last Sunday’s message has positively impacted their week.
It’s back-to-back hospital visits. One to welcome a healthy newborn into the world and congratulate the proud parents. The other to pray for someone who’s been told they’re going to die much too early.
It’s back-to-back evangelism attempts. One that physically threatens you before slamming the door in your face. The next that sees a family of five all pray to trust Christ as their Savior.
It’s back-to-back appointments. One with an eager disciple who’s rising to the challenge to take that next step in their faith journey. The next with a long-standing member who wants you to hear all of his reasons for leaving the church.
It’s back-to-back ceremonies. One to bury a husband and father who died unexpectedly, and no one is sure of his salvation. The other is a wedding between two godly young people.
It’s back-to-back phone calls regarding benevolence. The first thanks you for meeting with her last week, praying for her, and writing a check to pay the rent for her family. The second pulls the “you’re not acting Christian” card because you’ve explained that you can’t bend the policy for a third time in a month to assist him.
It’s back-to-back conversations following the sermon. One to tell you what you said wrong, and the other to thank you for saying it right.
The whiplash can take its toll.
Sign up for ministry at the table in the back. Don’t expect fanfare.