For the first three years of ministry I felt that there were certain people out there trying to sabotage me. Sounds ridiculous; however, there were incidences that I held onto that created these wounds. Ministers going against my instructions and not seeing eye to eye with certain parents built feelings of bitterness. It was hurting me as a leader and disciple of Christ.
One day I was sharing an angry email from a parent with my pastor and he said:
“Chris, don’t take it personally. You know that they are just coming to you because they don’t know where to go. There’s a story beneath the story.”
It was a turning moment for me because I began to approach moments of conflict and hurt differently. I looked for healing so that I could stop the hurting.
Wounds happen on a daily basis in youth ministry, because it’s a spiritual battle. Ministry is personal and deals with people’s hearts and souls. When the wounds form you need to address them or else they will:
- Build Resentment
- Blur Your Focus
- Creates Distrust Towards Others
- Isolates You In Your Ministry
To heal your wounds takes work. It’s not impossible; however, it takes patience, humility and love. To find healing for your wounds you need to be: Continue Reading…