The Deeply Personal War of Pastoral Ministry

Perhaps we have forgotten that pastoral ministry is a war and that you will never live successfully in the pastorate if you live with a peacetime mentality…. The fundamental battle of pastoral ministry is not with the shifting values of the surrounding culture. It is not the struggle with resistant people who don’t seem to esteem the gospel. It is not the fight for the success of the ministries of the church. And it is not the constant struggle of resources and personnel to accomplish the mission. No, the war of the pastorate is a deeply personal war. It is fought on the ground of the pastor’s heart. It is a war of values, allegiances, and motivations. It is about subtle desires and foundational dreams. This war is the greatest threat to every pastor.

Paul David Tripp, Dangerous Calling (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 98.

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