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February 23, 2006

Being a Christian in Ministry

I enjoyed the privilege of sitting and listening to Brian McLaren live yesterday. Having read many of his books and "talked back" and about his thoughts for some time, to hear him in a live and interactive format was enriching.

Brian made an opening comment along the lines of it being very difficult to be a christian when you are a minister... There were resonating "aha's" throughout the audience. From my own perspective it came along the lines of being so engaged in the practice of ministry that actual personal spiritual formation takes a back seat (if it gets in the car at all!)

When one's life calling is to attention to the lives of others, it can be easy to neglect one's own, as evidenced in many of the helping professions.

Any comments on the difficulty of being a christian when in full-time ministry?

Posted by gary at February 23, 2006 05:17 PM


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