#2: On God’s will and church ministry with Mitch Miller.

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God’s will is not always as pretty as we’d like it to be. We like things clean and tidy, but oftentimes the will of God is messy. This is a natural consequence of the Fall. Our lives are broken and fractured through sin. Fortunately, God doesn’t just cast us off as defective vessels, rather, he meets us in our brokenness and often uses it to the glory of his name.

In this episode of Ministry Minded, Mitch and I discuss this idea at length. We touch on an assortment of topics surrounding God’s grace, God’s will, and God’s church, and the inextricable connection between all three. Mitch also shares the story of how he was drawn back to pastor in Greenville, South Carolina. It was so encouraging reconnecting with him again here, and I pray you’ll be encouraged too.

Resources.

The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo, Jared C. Wilson

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul Tripp

The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine

Jesus + Nothing = Everything, Tullian Tchividjian

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

Sponsor.

This episode is brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible. Find out more by going to CSBible.com.

Notes.

Mitch is the lead pastor of Griggs Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina (my hometown) — a church to which he was called to revitalize. Mitch is also an accomplished speaker and a regular blogger at MitchMiller.me. He enjoys good southern food, sipping coffee, and taking walks on the Reedy River. You can follow him on Twitter, @mitchmillerme.

Credits.

Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.