By Cheri Walters
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However, remember that humor isn’t always appropriate. BEING CoNFRoNTED 51 Perhaps the best advice I can pass along about ministering to people is that which Jesus gave to His disciples: “‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”’ (Matthew 10:16). Be shrewd, or “wise,” as the King James Version puts it. Recognize the games people play; learn to avoid being trapped between warring factions in the church. Cultivate a healthy sense of humor that keeps the ups and downs of church relationships in balance.
4. I’m chronically angry, depressed, cynical, sarcastic, and I lash out at those I love. 5. My emotions ﬂuctuate wildly. 6. I entertain thoughts of suicide. If you can answer “true” to any of the above statements, it’s time to reevaluate the problem relationship(s), whether it’s at home, at church, or on the job. Seek help from your pastor or a trusted older colleague in ministry or a professional Christian counselor. Sometimes the stress is temporary—a particularly frantic holiday season, a ﬁnancial burden; sometimes it is more fundamental—a tendency to take on other people’s problems to a debilitating degree, an overwhelming need to please everyone.
If you want to keep your options open in the case of illness or family problems, you can add something like, “At the director’s discretion. . ” However, beware of making too many exceptions or you will negate the whole purpose of encouraging faithfulness as well as open yourself up to accusations of favoritism. Maybe those leaders are right who say you can’t teach commitment. But whether it can be taught or not, it can be nurtured, stressed, and rewarded. impottaht enough to_°co_mmu- hieate emay-_ 60 Get a Giant Hat Rack!
Advice to the Minister of Music: Get a Giant Hat Rack by Cheri Walters