When you’ve been ‘doing ministry a long time’ - you’ve seen pretty much everything under the sun and everything you could possibly see in the adventist ‘system’.
You too were once dreamy, idealistic, ambitious and was going to turn the world upside down - beginning with the church.
But along the way, you found out the hard way it wasn’t going to be as easy as you thought.
You too were given titles but no authority or budget.
You were delegated responsibilities (job descriptions) instead of authority (leadership).
You too were used and abused in your twenties/thirties for your talents and time for not necessarily the mission of the church but for another person’s ambition and credit.
You were also misunderstood and criticized no matter what you did or how much work you put into it by your conference or union leaders and by your parishoners or colleagues.
You also know what it feels like to see in your own reflection that hypocrisy you once hated with all your guts.
And in your journey, some of you climbed up the “Adventist ladder” and some of you didn’t.
Some of you had connected and networked well and some of you were just faithful where you were.
Some of you craved attention, recognition and ‘promotion’. For some of you it didn’t really matter.
Some of you knew how to engage in ‘politics’ and some of you shunned it.
But regardless of what you experienced or did - this is my personal appreciation for those of you who’s still on mission.
For those of you who engage in ministry by the fruit of the time you spend personally with your Savior every morning.
For those of you who do not treat the next generation leaders like you were treated - but treat them with greater respect and have learned to radically delegate authority instead of responsibility.
For those of you who still dare to serve with greater humility more than anything else.
For those of you who do not waste time criticizing the leadership of the church or the system - but creatively engage in mission and thus create change in your sphere of influence.
For those of you who still invest a significant portion of your time empowering the next generation of leaders.
For those of you who failed multiple times - but courageously get up again to follow Jesus in His footsteps.
Thank God for you. Seriously. :) Keep UP the good work!