I’ve been re-reading The E-Myth: Revisited and think it is simply one of the best ministry books out there…even though it is not a ministry book.
Let me give you the premise. Basically, Michael Gerber (the author), works with small businesses. Over the years of consulting, in almost every case, he has run into once inspired and excited “entrepreneurs” who are now tired, worn out, frustrated “laborers” whose businesses (the businesses of their dreams) have become a complete nightmare. They have lost their love for what they do, they have neglected their families and friends, they have forgotten the joy they once got out of their jobs. Most will close up shop and head back to work for someone else.
I’ve got to be honest. This is what I see often in Youth Ministry and in ministry in general. I see tired and overworked people who don’t love what they do. They are so behind and have so much to do that they can’t even step back to set priorities and get things under control. I’ve seen family after family left in shambles because of ministry. Men and women with so many “paper cuts” and they have no more blood to give. Life comes along and sweeps them away.
I’ve got to be honest again. I see people valiantly marching into that future every day.
And, If I can be honest a third time…I really don’t think that’s the way it needs to be.
Read this excerpt from the book except consider ministry as you do. Continue Reading…