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