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Ministry Endurance: An Interview with Brent Armstrong


This podcast episode is more of a round table discussion that I had with my close friend, Brent Armstrong. Over the years, Brent has been influential in my ministry and my personal life. What I admire the most about him is his unwavering faithfulness and longevity in pastoral ministry. So when Aaron and I got the chance to sit down and discuss our respective journeys, we thought it would be a great idea to record the conversation. Below are some of the highlights we discuss, which I hope will be of help to you.


90% of Pastors will not retire as Pastors.


Along the way, God will test and try you so that you can endure.


Being a pastor is unlike any profession in the world. Ministry endurance is critical. The book of Luke (2:52) provides a model for us. We must work on these four aspects:


  1. Mental

  2. Spiritual

  3. Physical

  4. Emotional


Here are some keys to help you endure in the ministry:


  • Your family has particular challenges. The pressure of always being on is real. If you are going to stay in ministry for a long time, you must focus on your family first. We often focus on the ministry to the neglect of our families.


  • Avoid the approval of other ministries to determine your success. You cannot worry about your notoriety with other pastors.


  • Concerning your physical life, exercising helps you mentally and physically. It also gives you an opportunity to be open to God speaking to you when you have a change of scenery.


  • Concerning your emotional and mental life: have three accountability partners in your life. You also need a person to open up to and talk to. You also need to take breaks to refuel and replenish.


Connect with Pastor Brent Armstrong:


Twitter

Facebook

https://brentdarmstrong.com/


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