Minister, what is your real work?
I find it somewhat disconcerting how quickly many church leaders are willing to quote the late Ellen G. White when her statements underscore their cherished positions but how they categorically ignore certain other statements that she made. Here is one from Gospel Workers, page 425 that deserves some attention and discussion:
Not a few ministers are neglecting the very work that they have been appointed to do. Why are those who are set apart for the work of the ministry placed on committees and boards? Why are they called upon to attend so many business meetings, many times at great distance from their fields of labor? Why are not business matters placed in the hands of business men? The ministers have not been set apart to do this work. The finances of the cause are to be managed by men of ability; but ministers are set apart for another line of work. Ministers are not to be called hither and thither to attend board meetings for the purpose of deciding common business questions. Many of our ministers have done this work in the past, but it is not the work in which the Lord wishes them to engage. Too many financial burdens have been placed on them. When they try to carry these burdens, they neglect to fulfil the gospel commission. God looks upon this as a dishonor to His name.--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. VII, pages 254, 255.