Your Ministry Is Not a Sprint

Stephen Miller | June 20, 2016

When I was cutting my teeth in ministry, I was full of youthful angst, longing for more opportunities to grow and serve. A local pastor approached me to lead worship for his congregation each Sunday. He didn’t have any money and or musicians, but it was a chance for me to learn to plan, recruit players, and lead a church weekly.

But I wanted more. I wanted to be full-time. I wanted authority and recognition. And I began to believe I deserved the position, the pay, and the platform.

“Not yet,” a veteran pastor told me. “You still have a lot of growing to do.”

That stung—a lot.

Looking back, he was absolutely right, but I didn’t have ears to hear. Instead, I went on a long journey trying to prove I was good enough. I sprinted after applause and recognition, and learned many difficult lessons. I ignored the wisdom of others and missed out on the beauty of the race. 

Along the way, I learned five lessons that taught me ministry is a marathon and not a sprint.  


1. Embrace obscurity.

We live in an age where one can easily be thrust into the spotlight without being tested and approved. The…

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