Wasted years in ministry

by Tumelo
(South Africa)

I have been pastoring a church for the past seven years while I'm also working as a school teacher. I feel that I can't do both jobs anymore. Our church is very small and I can't afford to be a full time minister as the church can't afford to pay me a salary. Over the past seven years I have seen God bless congregants greatly who once blessed left the church for other churches. Church work is taking all of my time and draining me. I love the Lord greatly but feel so used and it appears as if nobody cares. I have been presented with a lot of opportunities in my secular job which I forfeited for the love of ministry. I feel that I have wasted seven years of my life by being a pastor. I have watched people in church become successful and treat me like a beggar. What pains my heart is when I became born again 20 years ago I requested God not to call me into ministry no matter what it takes as I saw how badly South African pastors are treated. God went ahead and called me into ministry anyway and I have been living with regret ever since. I have made up my mind that I'm quitting ministry. I know it will be difficult but it must be done.

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