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Ministry Just Isn’t Fair

 —  January 7, 2013 — 3 Comments

You may be in a season of ministry when you just can’t help but compare your ministry to other ministries within the church – I find myself in times like this from time to time – and you see yourself getting the short end of the stick every time:

  • The children’s ministry gets priority when using church facilities. You have a hard time reserving the janitor’s closet.
  • The budget leans in everyone else’s direction. But yours.
  • You always get blamed for the condition of the church van. OK, this one is typically your fault.
  • Your stuff never makes it in the church bulletin. And sometimes you get it in before the deadline even.
  • The pastor never mentions your wins. Frustrating.
  • The elder board seems to always mention your losses. Even more frustrating.
  • A part-time person to help you out? Hahahhahahah.
  • It is against church policy when you want to do it. Suddenly it is OK for someone else.
  • Your ideas get shot down, but the golden child always gets his/her way
  • They work 40 hours a week, and are commended for their balance and margin. You’re expected to work 1800 hours this week.
  • Someone leaks how much someone else gets paid. It’s official, you make 40% of the senior pastor’s salary.

Life isn’t fair. Ministry isn’t fair. YOU aren’t even fair yourself. A wise man once said, “When you compare, you lose. Every time.” So get over it. Be above it. Expect it, without playing the martyr. Give what you have away. Rise above the politics. Stop the sick little game. Drop it.



Josh Griffin


3 responses to Ministry Just Isn’t Fair

  1. haha, I’m pretty sure every single one of those has happened to me at . Two things…

    1. The Law of Averages – the more ideas you have, the more likely at least one will get chosen. I have about a 12% success rate (ok a little hyperbole there.)

    2. At a previous church I found out I made less than one of the pastor’s housing allowance. In other words it costs more to live in the city than they were willing to pay….

    but God used me to change lives…..it all balances out somehow…

  2. Just got home from an Elders meeting and needed to read and hear this!!!! Thanks so much for this timely post Josh!

  3. Allison Williams January 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Well said! We shouldn’t compare ourselves or our ministries, but it is a trap that I fall into a lot. Reading this was part wake up call and part therapy! Thanks for sharing!

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