Pastor Encourages People to Say No to Ministry
By WinePress Publishing,
ENUMCLAW, Wash.– The Rev. Dr. Eugene Blair is concerned about people who end up in full-time Christian ministry only to discover that they’re in the wrong vocation. After their long, expensive road to seminary, ordination, and consecration, these ministers are miserable — not to mention the plight of those under their ministry.
“Many of these pastors have wound up in ministry for all the wrong reasons,” says Dr. Blair. “I think they simply didn’t have the means to ask the right questions or reflect in meaningful ways about their call.”
Dr. Blair has held a number of ministry leadership positions, including missionary service in Kenya, East Africa. Currently he is the Flint District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church’s Detroit Conference. He is also author or contributing author of several books. He has written “Maybe God Is Trying to Tell You Something: Listening for Your Call to Ministry” to help people think through their decisions sooner, rather than later. He wants them be certain that they have heard God’s voice, and he helps readers take inventory of their gifts, skills, and the stamina required to be pastors. Then, if they determine they have not been called, Dr. Blair encourages them to pursue different vocations with peace and confidence.
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