DEAR JIM…

Jim,

A few days ago you left a comment on the Stash, “I’m feeling like leaving ministry. I’m tired of drama and fighting.” You are not alone bubba. I love you and you have no idea how often I say these things myself. It can seriously wear you down.

I tried emailing you but the address didn’t work. These feelings are real and they deserve to be heard. You’re not weak or a failure.¬†Disappointment¬†and frustration are worse when they are felt alone. Give us a way to get in touch with you and shoot me an email.

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4 Responses to “DEAR JIM…”

  1. Shawn Michael Shoup February 24, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    I don’t know if this means anything to you or not, Jim, but I agree with Chad. Praying for you right now.

  2. Pete Eicher February 24, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Jim,

    My prayer for you is that God will bless you this week with some visible fruit in your ministry! I’m praying that if God wants you to stay in your position, He will give you the strength and determination you need to do just that. If He has something else for you, I am praying He makes that clear and gives you the strength and boldness to go for it!

    Be sure of this, He wants you to work at what you are doing with all your heart, until He releases you to another thing…and your efforts are NOT in vain! God will bless your faithfulness!

  3. T.J. Woodard February 24, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Jim, hang in there man. Ministry is a tough road, and sometimes change is necessary. But if you’re called to do it, it’s totally worth it. I’m not sure if the fighting/drama is taking place within pastoral staff or with your students or somewhere else, but either way God can help you navigate through that with integrity and even make a positive impression on the drama-makers. I’ve never been more frustrated than when I felt like I was on a ministry island. Surround yourself with peers who know those same feelings. If there’s anything I can do let me know, tj@blufffirst.com

  4. Brian February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Jim, ministry is such a personal business. You put your life out in public and every moment can be praised or beat down. I encourage you to begin a happiness folder. A happiness folder is file that you keep your greatest moments. Mine is filled with pictures from students who are living the life, or letters from people saying “thanks”. When I hit a funk, I take out the pictures. What usually happens is a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.

    Keep up the good fight.

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