10. A Brief Note To- And About “Today’s Ministers”

Posted: April 9, 2009 in African American, Christianity, faith, fathers
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The following is an excerpt from a book entitled “Wishful Thinking” by the great theologian, Frederick Buechner.


“Ministers are nice people.  They’ll take a drink if you offer them one, and when it comes to racy stories, they can tell a few black-ministers6right along with the best of them.  They preach good sermons, but they’re not like those religious fanatics who think they’ve go to say a prayer every time they make a call.  When it comes to raising money, they’re nobody’s fool and have all the rich old parishioners eating out of the palm of their hands.  They have bridged the generation gap by introducing things like a rap group at the eleven o’clock service and what they call rap sessions on subjects like drugs and sex instead of Sunday school.  At the same time they admit privately that though the kids have a lot going for them, they wish they’d cut their hair properly (or pull up their pants).  They’re big on things like civil rights, peace, and the environment.  They send their children to private school.  They make people feel comfortable in their presence by showing them that they’ve got their feet on the ground like everybody else.  They reassure them that religion is something you should take seriously but not to go overboard.”


Sometimes ministers take themselves far too serious.  They are convinced that God has called them to be total outcasts and misfits.  In my estimation, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  I believe that God calls men and women of whom their gifts are required to achieve a special purpose for the kingdom.  He uses ministers as catalysts to exemplify and magnify His word.  To achieve this, He uses everyday people.  He uses flawed people.  He uses people who were once considered misfits and has transformed them into fishers of men.


As we approach, experience, and then move beyond the Easter season, we should be mindful of ministers of the gospel.  Living life in a fish-bowl has its challenges.  So when you go to God in prayer, please lift up the brothers and the sisters that have answered the call and made the sacrifice to help usher God’s people into the kingdom.


Be Blessed,



  1. willohroots says:

    Thanks for this. Sometimes in my labors for the Lord I think no one understands, but reading this i feel you do. God bless you, and never forget the preacher’s kids, now there is a fish bowl!

  2. Rachel Araya says:

    We all have “special” gifts from God. It is up to each individual to tap into his/her gifts from God. When we give our lives to God, our natural and hidden talents begin to emerge. While it is true that our ministers are living in a fish-bowl, it is also true that we are all living in the same fish-bowl. God sees and knows everything about everybody. And God’s opinion of us is the only opinion that counts anyway. Ministers are not “special” people: They are not different and separate from the rest of us. We are all God’s children, and we all have “special” gifts from God. Without a doubt, the word “special” is highly suspicious. We all need prayers for the uplifting of all of our people–the human race. Henceforth, I’m praying for all of us. We all need it! God bless.

  3. Edgar Barkum says:

    That was excellent bruh! Definitely something to be mindful of.
    Have a blessed Easter!

  4. Jeff says:

    thank you for sharing the information. I am glad to know that you are spending your time on things that matter. I wish you all the best!!!!!!!

  5. Willie says:

    Wow! Well put…bravo! Thanks for sharing!


  6. Bishop D. Duncan says:

    I’m glad to know that there are those who understand the demands of the call.

    Thanks Cuz!!!

    In His Grace,
    Bishop Duncan

  7. Donna P. says:

    Just curious r u a minister& or active n church? it seems u need 2 b a voice 4 the people, thanxs 4 the info, i am Very grateful 2 have & have had special men & women of God, helpin 2 direct me on the paths along the way.

  8. Cynda says:

    Coming from a family of ministers I know first hand how human ministers are…My grandfather changed the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people…Dare I say, saved some lives with his gift of words and compassion…But his relationship with his children, and most of his grandchildren was very strained and sometimes down-right mean…BUT we all realize he is a man…A man that had a an early life of hardships that no child should endure…BUT he was open to be used by God…His life’s work was bigger than his personal life. Even though some of his actions have angered me over the years, I’ve found myself thanking God for him…Blessings to all the called…

  9. Kelly says:

    God has a very unique way of how he calls us to ministry and its so unique because he has had everything set up before we were even born…ex: Esther…she was called and didn’t realize she was and what a mighty work God was going to do through her. Esther was chosen by God to help set her people free from the enemy. God knows ahead a time who what when & where he will call us out into your destiny. When your in ministry you must learn how to serve others and even those who you may not want to serve. You got to be more like Jesus and get out in the highways and by-ways & talk to everyone… not some people..but all types of people. We all live in a fishbowl….God’s

  10. Valerie says:

    God calls people according to their talents. That’s why some preachers are effective ministering to an urban congregation and some are more effective in a suburban setting. Jesus put on no airs or pretense. He related to people on their level – He met them where they were.

    One of the down sides of being a pastor or in ministry, is that the average parishioner doesn’t have a clue how difficult it is. They don’t understand the loneliness, the demands, the expectations or the temptations.

    That said, please lift up our ministry leaders in prayer. They need to be constantly covered in the prayers of the saints.

  11. MichelleP says:

    YES!!! Ditto to all.
    Thanks Damon.

  12. Angie says:

    What a word this is….and supremely true! We all have special gifts and because of those gifts some of us are called to minister God’s word but only few have the tenacity and the endurance to answer.
    Well said Damon…..

  13. Craig says:

    Another good one man hey you making some good conversation pieces for me and my wife man. Are you like a Les Brown type of guy. I’m digging your style man. I like your swagger man its hot! My wife and I had some good conversations about this blog, My father in law is a minister. LOL Man your deep I like it.

  14. Harold says:

    Thank God for your insight, my brother. We who have been entrusted with the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ must remember that although God has honored us with great anointing, but it comes with great responsiblity. To help us deal with the burden of such responsibility, we would do well to also remember that we have this treasure in earthen vessels. We’re just ordinary people serving an extraordinary God. We just need to trust God and be sure to always put our best foot forward.

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