Frankly, some preachers are or can be a pain! There are various reasons for this, but I would hasten to say that such are in the minority. As I sit in our Future Preachers Training Camp listening to our teachers speak to the next generation of preachers, I am in admiration. Their passion, knowledge, experience, wisdom, and, knowing them, their character leave me in grateful awe. Others who have filled the pulpit or taught classes this week take their place alongside the others I mention. Their work and life are incredibly noteworthy. While some would not use this word of them complimentarily, preachers are “special” men.
To go into this field of work requires some distinct traits:
- A willingness to have your life on display
- A desire to spend your life full-time in ministry
- An understanding that some will not respect your occupation
- A willingness to have people disagreeing with what you say, though you know it’s important
- A humility to care and minister to others, even the difficult and unpleasant people
- A willingness to enter a profession that may have an economic ceiling
The gospel preacher knows these and other circumstances may often exist, but he sees so many enriching aspects of the life of preaching. Soul-winning, serving, developing, aiding positive change, learning, and much more epitomize the fringe benefits available to a man who preaches the Word. Those wise enough to see this find these things more than sufficient to offset whatever perceived challenges accompany this life.
Watching tomorrow’s preachers absorbing, questioning, thinking, and working excites me. I’m thankful that they are able to find sound, qualified men to provide well-reasoned, Bible answers, but I’m as thankful they are interested and desirous of exploring this life. In a bad-news world, watching quality young men trying to stretch and grow themselves in leadership and preaching is some of the best possible news. Seeing works like preaching camps, schools of preaching, brotherhood activities featuring gospel preachers make me so thankful for men who dedicate themselves to this wonderful life. Please pray for every man who endeavors to aspire to and live this life. Each of us need God’s Word, wisdom, and strength to do this work adequately.