PREACHERS AND PATTERNS

A gracEmailsubscriber in Australia writes: "There's a movement afoot (house churches are part of it) that claims that preaching and teaching to Christians in a congregation is to be done by the elders, and that any paid full-time evangelist ought to be evangelizing the lost. These folk say the idea of a located pulpit minister was a second century invention of men." [Today's questioner serves … [Read more...]

QUESTIONING HIS MINISTRY

A preaching brother says that he "entered the ministry" a few years after his conversion at the prompting of his own spiritual leader and other Christians. Years later, he "left the ministry," exhausted and feeling himself to be an unworthy sinner. "Did I correctly hear God's call originally?" he asks. "Did I do wrong by leaving?" * * * Before speculating whether you did the right thing by going … [Read more...]

FINDING ONE’S MINISTRY

A gracEmail reader says: "I understand that every Christian has some kind of ministry. How can I discern what mine is supposed to be? I want to make sure I am listening to God, and not just to my own desires." * * * That is a wise question and a holy ambition. God does not expect you or me to do everything that needs to be done. He has many people through whom to work, and he uses each one as he … [Read more...]

MINISTRY IS MORE THAN CAREER

A gracEmail reader is considering leaving church ministry as a career but he feels paralyzed by the fear of making a wrong choice. Some friends are pressuring him to remain as he is. Would it be right for him to take some time away from work to seek God's guidance and settle his mind concerning it? * * * God invites us to seek his guidance and he promises to direct our path as we trust and obey … [Read more...]

PAID MINISTERS

A correspondent inquires: "I am curious as to your opinion of the 'paid minister.' As you are aware, many argue against church buildings and paid ministers. As a paid minister this idea naturally is a bit disturbing to me. However, I wish to do what pleases God." * * * The New Testament scriptures do not portray institutionalized, corporate-style churches with budgets, buildings and paid staff. … [Read more...]