Does Ministry Have to Hurt So Much?  -     By: C. Exter Hardy III
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Does Ministry Have to Hurt So Much?

Xulon Press / 2013 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 11.02 X 8.50 X 0.27 (inches)
ISBN: 1626974446
ISBN-13: 9781626974449

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Have you ever thought how difficult it seems to reconcile the call to deny self and Christ's promise to give us abundant life? Too many Christian servants focus on the denial of self, giving all to serve Christ. Soon there are spent and ministry becomes laborious. Hardy tries to find the balance between these two concepts in order to find joy in ministry. With more than 30 years in ministry, Exter Hardy has served with a variety of Christian servants. He combines this experience with his counseling experience to help Christians find joy in serving Christ. Hardy is a full-time pastor and single parent of four children, two of whom are deaf, so he finds himself regularly in the servant role.

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Author: Exter Hardy
Located in: Davis, CA
Submitted: July 30, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have been in ministry for over 32 years; 22 at the same church. I am a single father of four adult children, two of whom are deaf. I have a Masters and Doctorate in Ministry and a Masters in Marriage, Family, & Child counseling.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Having served for many years in many contexts, I was heartbroken to see great servants burn out and lose their joy of serving God. My theme verse is John 10:10b "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly". So I believe that if we are not experiencing the abundant life, we are missing something. I want to help people experience that abundant life while serving God.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope they will come to a better understanding of who they are and how that impacts where and how they might serve God. I hope they will find joy in serving.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was personally challenged to take better care of myself so that I would have a healthier {physically, spiritually, and emotionally} self to present to God as a "living" sacrifice as opposed to an "almost dead" sacrifice.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  This may seem trite, but Jesus as I saw how He set boundaries, how He cared for Himself, how He accepted ministry from others, etc. He is to be our model, but I had only looked at Him as the suffering servant.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This book is intended to be a journey that you don't take alone and it will require work if you are to benefit from it.

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