At various points in the life of one called to ministry, there will be challenges. Those challenges will most likely prompt one to ask, “Is serving in the ministry truly worth it?” A few months ago, I discovered a message by Dr. Charles Swindoll that encouraged me, and I know it will encourage you to faithfully continue to serve.

Dr. Swindoll was speaking in chapel at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX. The first few minutes of the video focuses on the students of DTS. Then Dr. Swindoll offers some great wisdom and encouragement for all who are called to vocational ministry.

In his message he reminds us of the importance of continuing to remain in God’s will:

“I can’t imagine being fulfilled doing anything else. Could I be successful doing something else? Maybe. Could I be fulfilled doing something else? Never. It’s the most fulfilling, the most rewarding, the most magnificent life a person could have to be in the core, the nucleus of God’s will. And, for some of us, that’s called the ministry.” – Charles Swindoll

Dr. Swindoll then outlines three things that make ministry difficult:

  1. Difficult people.
  2. The stuff we drag into ministry. The baggage we bring with us that we have never dealt with in our lives.
  3. Unexpected circumstances.

Enjoy the video. I pray it will encourage you to continue serving because, we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up (see Galatians 6:9, CSB).

About Dr. Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. His leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation for ministry. Chuck and his wife Cynthia, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Compiled by John McClendon
John McClendon is the Executive Director of BACE and the Discipleship Pastor at Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN