The Most Difficult Task in Urban Ministry

Robert Linthicum writes in City of God, City of Satan: A Biblical Theology of the Urban Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991):

The most difficult task in urban ministry is to remain optimistic, creative, hopeful, and full of humor. Ministry demands that you give out constantly – and city ministry makes that demand relentlessly. But you cannot give out what you do not have. If you are not replenishing yourself in order to continue the spiritual warfare of the city, then you are exposing yourself to defeat, burnout, and spiritual exhaustion. After all, you can lead God’s people only as far as you yourself have gone. If you have not paid attention to your soul’s interior journey, you do not have the resources nor the experience either to sustain yourself or to lead your church in sustaining the battle with the Enemy.

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