Dealing With Rejection in Ministry

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For many pastors, rejection can lead to anger, discouragement, vengeful thinking and even getting off-course missionally. In this video, Alex Himaya, Senior Pastor of The Church at BattleCreek, encourages pastors and church planters to stay on mission through the difficult times by trusting God with the growth of their ministry.


When we depend solely on people to fulfill our need to be loved, we set ourselves up for rejection. Only God's unlimited and unconditional love can fulfill that need completely. In what ways have you compromised your ministry in order to be accepted? What would you do different?
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Alex said he cries, prays and gets into scripture when he's having to deal with rejection. How do you handle the rejection that comes in ministry? How do you shift your focus from the hurt to trusting God?
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The first time Alex experienced rejection as a pastor, he immediately called his former pastor. Who do you call when you're discouraged? How have they helped you during difficult times?
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How can you encourage other pastors and church leaders who have experienced rejection? What would you tell them that they need to remember?
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                                         But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high  
                                         calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s 
                                         instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell  
                                        others of the night-and-day difference he made for you— 
                                        from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

                                                                                  `~ 1 Peter 2:9–10, (MSG)