Field leaders, like all of us in ministry, have their ups and downs in their intimacy with Christ and their sense of God’s pleasure. Even Paul felt the result of ministry pressure in Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and Athens as he began his time in Corinth in Acts 18.
The downs can come from personal/family tragedy or illness. They can come from a feeling of personal failure, or tension/conflict among missionaries under their oversight. They can come from chronic socio/political turmoil. They can even come from organizational changes and perspectives. Or they can come from the growing fatigue of doing spiritual battle. They can also come from a sense of not using one’s God-given gifts.
One thing is certain: the field leader job is a “pressure cooker” role. Continue reading