Randy McRoberts referred to this post by Michael Spencer, aka iMonk.
What can one say. There's so much in his post that I feel applies to me as well. The system he is trapped in is very sick and needs to be changed.
Ministry is not a calling, not here, not anymore. It is a mouth.
Please, I know there are exceptions but that's all they are. Don't placate yourself by telling me it's like this everywhere, start doing something about it. Start now.
P.S. I wish Michael had closed his post to comments. A few of them are so trite they make me sick. Be the church, people. Stop talking about it and do it.