Uncovering Truth: Five Myths Regarding Ministry and Ministers
Often times there are misconceptions of ministry and ministers. Here are five myths that people commonly think:
Ministers are not human.
Ministers are just like everyone else: they cry, laugh, doubt, fear, get hungry, except they carry the burden of ministry and service towards others. I remember a funny experience my late pastor shared when he went to go preach as a guest to a different city. His host took him in and led him to his room where he would stay. Eventually breakfast and lunch time passed by and his host never offered him food. By dinner time the pastor gave in and asked his host for a meal. She looked astonished because she did not think he ate. Funny. I know. Ministers are not emotionless robots, they are human; fragile and prone to fail. Please pray for your spiritual leaders, do not criticize them.
Ministers are people who God listens to and are closest to God.
God does not have fellowship with only a selective few; He listens and desires communion with all His creation. While it is true ministers have been called to full-time vocation ministry, that does not mean that only they are exclusive to the presence of God. The Scripture teaches us that the presence of God is accessible to us all, thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross. This means we all are welcomed to draw near the throne of grace with confidence. (Heb 4:16)
Ministry is easy work.
Those in ministry are a role model for their congregation and are held to high moral standards. They have the burden for the well-being of those they are serving in ministry. Ministers have to be connected with God and his Word to be able to prepare a nutritious spiritual meal that will satisfy the need of the congregants. They do not have an “off” day and have to be available on call to pray, counsel, share encouragement, and meet the needs of the flock. A regular schedule is hard to keep because of the unscheduled needs that arise to meet the demands of ministry, at the expense of personal sacrifices. Whenever you see your spiritual leader, thank him for his heart of service.
Ministry work will get you saved.
There will be a reward in heaven for the work done on earth; however, the bible is explicit when it says that salvation is solely brought through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (2 Tim 3:15; 1 Pet 1:9). Salvation is considered an act of grace and a gift from God (Eph 2:8; 2 Tim 1:9).
The labor of God’s work is only for those in ministry.
While there are some people called too full-time ministry (Eph 4:11), that does not mean all the responsibility of ministry work is left in their hands. Verse 12 of the same passage says that their role is to “equip the saints for work of ministry” and for “building the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). In other words, those in full-time ministry have been called and given to the body of Christ, the Church, as a gift from God to be edified and equipped to do ministry work. Secondly, the "Great Commission", mentioned in Matthew, is a mandate to all disciples of Christ (Mat 28:16-20). Therefore, the burden to reach the lost souls, should be a common effort between ministers and lay.