Minister: Not A “Real” Job?

Who would have that being a minister would be so much hard work? Many people believe all there is to being a minister is preaching on Sunday. Some may even realize many hours go into the preparation for the Sermon. But does anyone really understand what it means to be a minister?

People talk about “Part-Time” and “Full-Time” ministers. Everyone says if a minister need support himself/herself to get a “real” job. When did being a minister become a part-time gig? When did being a minister become a “fake” or “unnreal” job? In the Bible, it states the people are to help the minister. Whether it be financially, supplies, etc. Why? Because being a minister is a 24/7 position. People have always expected the minister to be there no matter the day of the week nor the time of day/night.

Im not suggesting is wrong for a minister to have a job on the side. What I am saying is wrong is this attitude “modern” society has towards ministers. No respect. You can NOT call yourself an Israelite (Jew/Christian) if you are not living as God commanded. Yes, there are many false-prophets out there who abuse ministry in the name of greed. But please don’t relate false-prophets and sinners to the true prophets and the righteous. Do as God asks, not as Satan dictates.

Many ministers (including myself) are forced into second and third jobs to help pay the bills. Running a ministry is expensive. Particulary if that ministry is a “Free Church” (no government assistance/breaks). My ministry is based in the poorest town of the poorest county in the country (going by government statistics). Many of my congregants have nothing to offer up financially (when they try, in most cases I refuse it) because they’re struggling hard. Twice in the past 6 weeks I went with minimal food in my home to help a family keep food in their home for their children. Instead of giving financially, they offer their trade. One is a tree-surgeon and removed a tree before it fell on my house. Another is a mechanic and fixed my brake system in my car. Another is a fisher-man and supplies fish every so often to my home and the ministry to given to those who need food. It is these people that understand what God asked of them. They offer what they can when they can.

But most people do not. They figure a church or ministry automatically recieves such items and should readily have it available for the taking. They don’t seem to understand that the only money that comes into the church/ministry for the bills to be paid and to make such services available comes from their donations, payment on ceremonies, fundraisers, and the sale of any items the church/ministry might stock. Nor do they understand, in order to make such services available, it takes time to setup and contact distributors; preparing a ceremony takes time; preparing a sermon takes time; payroll for any staff takes time; most ministers recieve calls all day and night everyday (some which can last hours, especially if the person is calling with an emergency requiring counselling); etc.

Many ministers I know (myself included) find themselves also counselling people at their second-job. People will actually show up where they work to speak to the minister. In some cases it’s the ministers co-workers. As I said before, back in NY at the 7eleven I worked at, people showed up not to buy anything, but for counselling and to hear me preach. A minister is truly a 24/7 position. Being a minister entails alot of continual study, work, being on-call 24/7. It is very exciting and joyful position, but stressful nonetheless. Being a minister and truly living a life of ministerialhood is one of the most demanding jobs, and in my opinion the most real and true a job can get. If working for God isn’t a real job, than no job is a real job.

People need to realize once again what it truly means to be a minister and what it truly means to be an Israelite (Jew/Christian). The majority of people today, particularly in the west, have no right to call themselves believers of Truth. They are believing in the heresy taught in the mainstream, in so doing allowing the piece of paper (or plastic) with monetary value to become their god. By idolizing money, they are allowing greed to determine what a “real” job is. By idolizing money, they are also allowing the self to be more important in their lives than God. By not allowing Jesus into their daily lives, they are allowing themselves to live in a perverse reality created by Satan.

I feel it is time people really need to look at how they treat ministers before they whine someone else is treating them the same way. Most ministers take the beating in hopes of getting through to people. God did not say for us to stick around abusers and non-believers lest we become as they are. We are to preach the Gospel and plant the seed. If people refuse the message, it is then time to wipe the dust from your feet and move on.

It is time people either accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, allow His Spirit to take home in their hearts, allow Jesus in their daily lives, read the Bible, fellowship at a True Church/Ministry and leave the house of lies and deceit behind; or accept eternal damnation. It is time for ministers to realize when a planted seed isn’t growing and isn’t going to and acknowledge the spawn of Satan for what He/She is and move on, realize Jesus wasnt lieing when He said you can’t worship two masters and make a decision between serving God or government, realize that we do have the right to go around roadblocks (if someone or something is hindering your work for God, it is time to move on).

It is time Israelites (Jews/Christians) stop bashing each other and come together and work together as the family that we are. We are all children of God, we are all brothers and sisters. Instead of attacking each other, we should be attacking Satan and his spawns walking the earth trying their hardest to keep us away from the Truth and the Light that is Jesus Christ.

It is time people show a little more respect and understanding to ministers. It is in no way an easy job. The only way we can do our jobs and concentrate on ministry is through the understanding and co-operation from the you. The only time a minister should need a second-job is a) He/She chooses to or b) financial offerings are not enough to cover the costs of the ministry and his/her living (providing the people are donating honestly, not greedily). A second-job should be just that, SECOND. Nothing should come before the work we were called to by God. If someone cannot make financial donations, but has atleast an hour of time a week, that person should ask the minister what job can be done during that hour so while the minister may have to have a part-time job to help pay the bills, the ministry is still functioning.

If people can come to realize how much work and stress is involved in ministry and co-operated with each other it would make life easier and less stressful for everyone involved. Those who are angry towards the minister because they themself feels they need to make monetary tithes and cannot afford to, would instead realize they can donate their trade or time (if only an hour), they would be less angry because they are still tithing and the minister would feel less stressed needing to work a second job because the other tasks (such as paying the bills, payroll for any staff, cleaning the church/ministry and the grounds, organizing fundraisers, etc) are still getting done.

Everyone involved needs to realize spirituality is supposed to be worked into our daily lives. God is supposed to be involved in our lives 24/7/365. We are supposed to be functioning as the family we are. The entire community should be involved with the tasks of the ministry and each other. We are supposed to be working together, not against each other.

Give what I mentioned above some thought and share your thoughts. I would like to know what everyones opinions are on this. Thankyou and God Bless.

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About Rev. Dr. Red
Minister, Public Speaker, Founder/Sr. Pastor of Spiritual Messiah Ministries, Founder of Spiritual Truth Movement & Coalition, Fisherman, Independent Marketer.

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