10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Those Discouraged in Ministry

One of the many commands given by the apostle Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy is to “endure suffering.”

Paul knew that ministry like Timothy’s had challenges and that he would face tough situations that may discourage him. Your call to ministry may be like Isaiah’s call to ministry–which was to minister to a people who would hear, but not understand; see, but not perceive.

Even though ministry can be challenging and lead to discouragement, God does not call any of us to an impossible task. He Himself is our sufficiency and makes us sufficient to be ministers of the new covenant. The ten encouraging Scriptures below will encourage the discouraged in ministry by reminding them of our great God who sustains those He calls.

10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Those Discouraged in Ministry

“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.”
Psalm 120:1

10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Those Discouraged in Ministry Scriptures“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.”
Psalm 121:1-3, 7-8

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.”
Psalm 34:4-5, 7

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need…For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do…so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Hebrews 4:16; 6:10, 12

“The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.”
Psalm 145:13

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21

“Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.”
Psalm 68:28

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent…”
1 Timothy 1:12-13a

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The Troubled Bible Translator

Dear Friends and Partners,

Thank God for Bible translation and for the many missionaries who have spent their lives putting God’s Word into peoples’ heart language. But, is it enough???

Phil is one of these heroes – a Wycliffe missionary who’s served in a large Muslim nation for many, many years. He worked with a Mabi* team to translate Genesis and the New Testament so that the Mabi could for the first time ever have much of the Word of God in their own language. But, is that enough???

Phil recently wrote that after he completed the New Testament, “The church leaders asked if I could start preparing sermons for them.”

Phil was both troubled and confused. Troubled because, “I told them that what they needed was not just sermons prepared and handed to them, but instead they needed to learn how to study the Word.” Confused, because Phil didn’t know how to help them – he’s a translator, not a teacher of preachers.

Then, Phil heard about TNT (Training National Trainers). In God’s providence, we were about to launch a new TNT group in this same Muslim country. Phil emailed me and pleaded for the chance to send two of his key church leaders (Peter & John*) to the training.

Well, several years later, Phil has seen TNT transformation first-hand. He told me, “The two men continue to pass on this training to others. Many people have commented on the improved quality of the preaching of many pastors and elders as a result of this training. Praise the Lord!”

Praise the Lord indeed, not only for the Word translated, but also for the Word faithfully preached in peoples’ heart language. We also thank God for your prayers and your great generosity in making all of this possible. Rejoice with us.

With much gratitude in Christ,

Craig ParroCraig Parro

President of Leadership Resources



PS: The news gets even better! The two Mabi men that we equipped are hoping to begin a new TNT training group with a nearby ethnic group, the Sammo*. You see, the Sammo have just gotten the Bible in their own language. The Mabi TNTers so treasure the TNT training that they feel compelled to pass on the training to the Sammo. Praise the Lord again! Wouldn’t you love to be a part of helping make that happen? Donate to Leadership Resources.

*Ethnic groups, language names, and personal names changed for security reasons.