Matthew R. Perry

John Ortberg’s 3 points of ministry to difficult people

In Church Life, For Preachers/Pastors, For Seminary Students, Leadership on March 24, 2006 at 3:38 am

by Rebecca Barnes, Editor, Church Central Today

After Maureen began attending our small group Bible study she began telephoning us nearly every day to discuss her problems. We soon learned every detail about her failed marriage, her wayward child, her overbearing boss, her health problems. It was usually a one-sided conversation that involved little more than several uh-huhs from me. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about her, I just didn’t want to have to care every day, and for someone who apparently gave no thought to reciprocating that care.

You probably have a Maureen in your life, too. If you are in ministry you probably have several Maureens. Difficult people seem to gravitate toward churches. That’s a good thing. Jesus said it is the sick who need a doctor.

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