Mark Driscoll on Ministry

This from Mark Driscoll’s blog:

In what ways should a pastor view their ministry?

  • Ministry is your fourth priority after being a Christian, husband, and father.
  • Ministry is your job, not your life.
  • God rewards faithfulness, not just fruitfulness.
  • Your salvation and righteousness are gifts from Jesus and not contingent upon your performance.
  • If you do not Sabbath, God will impose a Sabbath upon you.
  • A series of sprints, with nine natural breaks out of the pulpit, rather than a marathon.
    1. First Sunday of the Year (January)
    2. Daylight Savings Day (March)
    3. Mother’s Day (May)
    4. Memorial Day (May)
    5. Father’s Day (June)
    6. Fourth of July (July)
    7. Labor Day Weekend (September)
    8. Thanksgiving (November)
    9. Week after Christmas (December)
  • Jesus is the Senior Pastor and the church is His

Do you agree with Him on these points?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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5 thoughts on “Mark Driscoll on Ministry

  1. Good questions. I remember having a realization about burnout shortly after we started church planting here in Salem, Oregon. As we were recruiting people to our core team, I realized that burnout is less about simply over-working and more about investing your life and energy into something you have little passion for. Obviously, prioritizing time is vital, but as we continue to raise up ministry leaders, we are trying to alighn people and their desires to serve with their God-given motivations and passions.

  2. I know. If we get burnt out on ministry, then we are really burnt out on Christianity. The heart of the whole thing is service and ministry and having a heart for people without Christ. If you are burnt out on that, then you really need to re-examine your faith. To adit otherwise is too willfully admit we are seeking our needs and not the needs of others.
    May it NEVER be so.

  3. I think the concept of ministry being your job and not your life needs some work because ministry is the calling of all Christians. It may be a person’s occupation to lead a local body or fulfill a role in that body, but our life as Christians should be about ministry, regardless of our occupation.