Reflection: Should You Go Into Full-Time Ministry?

A businessman once told the president of a seminary: “Sometimes I think I’d like to sell my agency and become the business manager of a Christian organization where I could really serve the Lord in my work.”[i] Over many years in business, I’ve often heard similar remarks like this that reflect a prevailing perspective about Christian ministry. Do the Scriptures teach us that the only way we “can really serve the Lord”, is by quitting our jobs and start receiving a paycheck from a church or mission organization? The view that “real service to God” only happens in “full-time Christian vocational work” is a serious and erroneous perspective that pervades much of our Christian sub-cul

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