Most ministers who write books are pretty sure about what they are saying about themselves and God. The only thing I’m sure about is that I’m not absolutely sure about anything.
Ministry isn't just an occupation, or an avocation. It's both and then some. It's a commitment and a surrender. It requires leadership, but more often followship. Ultimately nothing can prepare me for the fullness of it, and the only thing that will keep me at the ready is my own spiritual unfoldment.
Ministers should be like the medical researchers trying to find cures to the incurable diseases of the world—they are working to make themselves obsolete. Ministers should not be about the business of filling pews, but rather emptying them.
I don’t know how other ministers feel, but I love it when I get questions after a talk. It tells me that someone was actually listening, thinking, examining their own responses, and in some cases willing to challenge my opinion or at the very least get some clarification. I can be confusing at times. A thought might sound good in my head but when the words come out of my mouth it’s a whole other situation.