This is a slightly modified (my modifications in italics) reprint from an article by Jared Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY, on the web site "The Aquila Report" (www.theaquilareport.com).
Published September 15th, 2013;
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you are not prepared for the negative aspects of ministry mentioned below. Furthermore, always remember that God has called you to love His church, not merely His mature church, but His immature church as well. Moreover, a call to ministry is a call to bleed.
If you enter
pastoral Biker ministry…
10. Not everyone will like you.
9. You will make people angry regardless how godly you handle yourself; it comes with the position.
8. You will feel like a failure often, and when you do appear to succeed, the fruit that is produced cannot be accredited to you. God alone gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:7). Thus, there is little “sense of accomplishment in ministry” that you may be accustomed to in other vocations.
7. You will fight legalism and liberalism, along with laziness, ignorance, tradition, and opposition. Yet, your greatest enemy will be your own heart (Jer. 17:9).
6. Not everyone will respond positively to your preaching, teaching, or leadership. You will bring people to tears with the same message: one in joy, another in anger.
5. You will be criticized,
rarely often to your face, and most frequently behind your back. This criticism will come from those that love you, those that obviously do not like you, and pastors and Christians that barely know you.... your ministry partners, bikers who ride a different brand of bike than yours, your family, your friends, people you meet on the street and those you are wanting to serve in every walk of life.
4. You will think about quitting yearly or monthly, if not weekly or even daily.
3. You will be persecuted for preaching the truth, mostly from your brothers and sisters in the pews. You shouldn’t be surprised by the sight of your own blood. You’re a Christian, after all (Matt. 16:24).
2. You will feel very lonely on a consistent basis, feeling like no one truly knows you or cares how you feel, because you do not want to burden your family, and trust-worthy peers are few and far in-between. Because of the ”super-Christian” myth accredited to pastors literally, you will find it extremely difficult to disclose your deep thoughts and feelings to others. Thus, you will struggle with loneliness.
1. You will probably
pastor a church ride with a motorcycle ministry that is barely growing (if at all), is opposed to change, doesn’t pay well, has seen pastors members come and go, doesn’t respect the ANY position as Biblically as they should, doesn’t understand what the Bible says a pastor’s or a church’s, or elder, or leader, or worker jobs are, and will only follow you when they agree with you (thus, they’ll really only follow themselves).
However, if you hang in there, hold out and strive day after day to reach just an inch higher while continually looking upward (especially when you are on your knees and down and out), you will one day hear that for which we all strive - "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
Which will make it all worthwhile!