I don’t collect a paycheck for my work as a street minister. I get no money at all. In fact, the work costs me instead. It costs me money, time, and energy with practically no compensation and very little encouragement.
I recall starting the Bible program at ACU back in the late 90’s and the special banquet the Bible Department hosted for all us incoming students. The featured speaker that evening was Eddie Sharp, and his topic was “talking us out of this decision.”
Actually, I don’t know if he entitled it as such, but he made no mystery of it. In the boldest terms he could find, he warned us that a career in Christian ministry would be a cross we bear, one we do not have to take up. He warned that there would be controversy, low pay, long hours, thankless work, and we would be dishonored time…
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