Mark Minnick on Danger Signs of Ministerial Professionalism

One of the blessings of pastoral ministry is the unrivaled privilege of engaging in in-depth Bible study on a daily basis. Others can and should dig into the Word, of course, but we get to do it as our vocational calling. This privilege brings with it a danger, as well. We can easily succumb to the temptation to study the Scriptures merely as pastors and not simply as Christians. With that danger in mind, Pastor Mark Minnick warned the men at the recent OBF Pastor’s Conference of 6 warning signs of ministerial professionalism:

  1. Do you study and read the Bible only to prepare sermons?
  2. Are you more occupied with books about the Bible than with the Bible itself?
  3. Do you become unduly anxious about each coming Lord’s Day’s sermons?
  4. Do you feel that you are finished with a Bible passage when your sermon is finished?
  5. Are you regularly satisfied to repeat or retool previous messages?
  6. Do you seek your joy in places other than Bible study (e.g. studying as a joyless duty, then seeking pleasure elsewhere)?
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5 Responses

  1. Chris,

    Thanks for sharing these. Even though I am not a pastor, I teach a lot and thus have to be studying Scripture constantly. I have seen these dangers present in my life many times.

  2. Chris,

    Thanks for posting this list. As a pastor of 36 years, I have come to recognize some of the dangers of “Professionalism.” This list is a helpful check-up.

    Cordially,
    Greg Barkman

  3. Is audio available from the conference?

  4. Some is, Brent. We had a great discussion over some John Owen reading, and that wasn’t recorded. Unfortunately, the comments in this post were part of those sessions. But the other sessions can be found here (2 on taking heed to yourself, 1 on Spurgeon’s Downgrade Controversy, and 1 by Kent Hobi on a biblical perspective on caring for visitors).

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