Dallas Willard once told you, "You need to decide if you are the minister of the people or a minister of Christ." What's the difference?
Dallas knew that I was being pulled in all kinds of directions because of people's expectations for a pastor. If I'm a minister of the people, then I'm controlled by what the people think and feel. If I'm the minister of Christ, then he is the one who calls the shots, and then I serve the people. Be a minister of Christ, then your work among the people finds its proper place.
Can it really be that simple?
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