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#51 Nine Misconceptions About Ministry

Misconceptions and false expectations about ministry can disappoint and discourage us.

In this episode of “Now Is the Time” I talk about some common misconceptions about the ministry that I have often come across. I also share with you some key ministry plans for this month.

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Earlier this week I published a post on “How to Find a Good Ministry” This podcast is really a continuation of that topic.

9 Misconceptions About Ministry

  1. I’ll only be involved in a ministry that specifically is related to my spiritual gift.
  2. I will always have a deep desire and passion for the ministry.
  3. As long as I am serving according to my spiritual gift it will be easy.
  4. Until the pastor gives me a ministry I can’t really do anything.
  5. I’m the only one who can do this ministry.
  6. This is MY ministry.
  7. Everyone will be so thankful that I finally took this ministry upon myself.
  8. Real ministries should take place in the church facility on Sunday morning if possible.
  9. This ministry wasn’t successful before because no one knew how to do it correctly.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the CMI’s first online theological training class this April,
  • Pray for the church in Antratsit Ukraine whose church building has been seized by separatist for a second time.
  • Pray for Hope for People Church as they write their first church constitution.
  • Pray for ABWE Ukraine team meetings this month in Kyiv.


How to Find a Good Ministry

Is Theology a Waste of Time

Question: What other misconceptions about ministry have you come across?

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children!

My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • I love these misconceptions, Caleb. I think they’re often thought of as truth and when they are, it affects our attitude towards ministry! The lesson I keep learning in my quiet times is that I’m a servant and I should be willing to lay my life down for the brethren, not expecting anything in return!

    • Barb, have you read, “Slave” by John MacArthur? It’s a good look on what the word “slave” meant in the NT and has lots of application for our relationship to God and how we serve Him and others.

      • I haven’t, Caleb. I’ll have to see if I can get it from the library. I really like his writing. Thanks for the suggestion!