Mistakes In Ministry

Howard Hendricks shared this list of “obvious” mistakes we make in ministry (as part of a presentation about Peter in Mark 14) with a group of pastors (circa 1987):

  • Boasting too much; the danger of misplaced confidence. It is quite easy to tend to trust in wrong things, like our education, giftedness or experience; we must trust only in God.
  • Praying too little; often the result of #1.
  • Acting too soon. Probably because of too little prayer, and without God’s presence. And in the flesh.
  • Thinking too late. Be ready to make so mid-course corrections.

They are still mistakes, and still to be avoided, even today.

Hendricks also said, “we are never so old that we can’t commit heinous sin! ‘I never thought it would happen to me’, will. So gentlemen, take care.”


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