Monday, March 4, 2013

Chuck Swindoll: When to Stay, When to Go

Christianity Today's Leadership Journal is featuring a two-part series by Chuck Swindoll focusing on what to do when everyone but God is telling you to move forward. Over my 30-plus years in ministry, this has always been a challenge. Looking back, I can see God's hand in every move, but this did not minimize the struggles I experienced as I wrestled to discern God's plan.

I suggest you read the first of his two-part article. I believe it will help you if you are struggling with this situation.
Knowing when to stay, Chuck Swindoll
When I came to the end of my seminary education, several people encouraged me to take on the role of senior pastor at one of several churches recruiting at the seminary. But two things held me back. First, I didn't want to approach ministry like one who climbs a corporate ladder. The conventional thinking was to leap for the highest rung possible on your first post after seminary and then start climbing from there. Second, I knew in my heart I wasn't ready. I needed to learn the mechanics of church ministry. So, after graduation, I remained in Dallas and joined Grace Bible Church's full-time staff as Dr. Dwight Pentecost's assistant pastor. 
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If you are struggling with your call to ministry, I suggest you read my three-part series on this blog.