A Kingdom Leader is fully aware of the hazards of ministry. He knows the pressures and difficulties that push a leader in each ministry setting. Sometimes it can feel like the world is closing in on you.
Do you feel distressed and anxious? Have you been harassed and struck down by people? Each leader has moments like that. We need one another so that we have hope. Sometimes we need another, so we won't fall apart or be left behind. We need the buffer of ministry partners who keep us from being damaged irreparably.
Paul certainly had his struggles with ministry on the road. He also had his struggles with immature young workers, like Mark, whom he removed from his team. But he never lost sight of him! We see that John Mark was with Paul at his first Roman imprisonment. (see Col. 4:10) The aging apostle gives this young leader one of the highest compliments he can give during his second imprisonment!
2 Timothy 4:11 (ESV)
11 hLuke alone is with me. Get jMark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
There is value in each of us. Never lose sight of other leaders who could be of help to you! All of us face adversity. Seek others who will give you a buffer zone for the pressures of leadership.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
h [See ver. 10 above]
j See Acts 12:12
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ti 4:11). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.