There are many good ministers working with congregations. Many of these people are servants who use good judgment and are trustworthy. Unfortunately, there are others who may see a ministry come to an end prematurely because they have violated trust, consistently used poor judgment, and were focused on themselves instead of serving.
Does your congregation have a good minister? Hopefully so. A congregation really ought to encourage and value such a person.
Unfortunately, many other ministers start out well but then make one of three fatal errors which often brings a ministry to an end. In this case, the problem wasn’t a cantankerous elder or harassment from a segment of the congregation. Rather, in this case, this minister made three mistakes which are often fatal to to a ministry.
Three fatal mistakes a minister can make:
When a minister fails to be trustworthy. When a minister lies, plagiarizes sermons, or pushes a hidden agenda with the congregation, the elders, or both, this could be a short ministry.
After all, good ministers are trustworthy. They tell the truth and live trustworthy lives. You don’t have to wonder what they are up to. They are authentic (no hidden agendas) and take seriously their own transformation into the image of Jesus. This transformation includes their ethics (which impacts how they work with a congregation) and their morals (which impacts their decision making).
When a minister continually shows poor judgment. When a minister continues to use poor judgment with his choice of words, sermons, relationships, behavior in the community, behavior in elders’ meeting, etc., this can cause a ministry to end prematurely. Poor judgment can get a minister into trouble quickly….
When a minister is constantly looking out for himself instead of serving the congregation. Such a minister is always trying to figure out an advantage for himself….