Great Quotes on Ministry

Great Quotes on Ministry

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

In one course on ministry practice I invited several guest speakers to visit the class and share their experiences and thoughts about ministry. After each visit students in the class posted on the course website the “Best Quotes” they heard in the presentations.

Here are some of the best quotes from our guests the students posted:

“No experience is wasted.”

“Not all churches will know how to welcome you.”

“Some congregations won’t know how to let you lead.”

“When interviewing with a congregation ask yourself, “‘Would I want to go to church here?'”

“Read if it kills you.”

“We are caring for people on their spiritual journey.”

“We are at our best when we are most open with each other.”

From pastoral associate Nathan Taylor

“Geography does not matter to God as much as the heart of the servant.”

“We are all interim ministers.”

“Don’t give away all your cards.”

“Find a network of other friends/associates to debrief.”

From pastor Greg Randall

About calling: “it’s a pull between Moses and ‘Here I am.'”

“When to say yes to a ministry calling: when it fits your criteria.”

“When not to leave: in reaction to a problem. You have to work through the problem—if not, your problem will follow you.”

And, to paraphrase, Dr. G, “Never, ever, tell your church you have a chauffeur’s license.”

“You must deal with your problems, or they will follow you.”

From pastoral associate and educator Vanessa Ellison

“The graying of the church and the greening of the church happens at the same time.”

“Consider who the pastor is when looking at a ministry position in a church.”

“Be open to new challenges regardless of title.”

From pastoral associate Lynn Turner

“Your life structure influences your calling.”

“Doubt can be the seedbed of faith.”

“There is always room for improvement, and that begins with me.”

“Work on your craft. Don’t allow yourself to become stale.”

From pastoral associate and denominational leader Terry Maples

“I’ve never pastored a church like me.”

“We don’t grow up till we grow up with our children.”

“Education is not hoop-jumping.”

“Ministry is a lifelong learning process.”

“One person can change a relationship.”

“Get up and go do something for Jesus.”

“Don’t avoid issues. Be redemptive and anticipate them before the train wreck.”

“How to bring about change: constant pressure applied at the right place with time.”

Pastor and seminary president Ron Crawford

Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. Formerly, he was Dean at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer and Don Reagan.

His books on Christian education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice), and A Christian Educator’s Book of Lists (S&H), and Theories of Learning for Christian Educators and Theological Faculty.

Galindo contributes to the Wabash Center’s blog for theological school deans and to the Digital Flipchart blog.

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