Don’t Touch—Think Straight
Don Hinkle
Don Hinkle

By Don Hinkle

(From our series “The Best or Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received.”)

“Don’t touch the girls. Don’t touch the gold. Don’t touch the glory”—from a retired minister/author to a group of preachers after chapel at San Jose Bible College—was perhaps the most succinct and insightful counsel about ministry I ever heard. I’ve also found that the saying “it all depends on whose ox is being gored” is illustrated every day. When I was a student at Midwest Christian College, Darrell Terry (Project Challenge, I think) told me to never put people in boxes. I only had two obligations to anyone I met. One was love them. And the second was share with them what they were willing to hear. And one final bit of advice: never judge the effectiveness of your ministry by the last six weeks!

Don Hinkle, recently retired as senior minister, Yucaipa (California) Christian Church


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