This post from The Christward Collective observes that, in 1 Thessalonians 2:3-6, Paul outlines what a pastoral ministry should not be before outlining its positive character in verses 7-12.
So, here is what ministry should not be; areas that need to be guarded against lest a pastor go off the rails:
First, Paul speaks of the content and motive of his ministry, “our appeal does not spring from error or impurity”(3).
Second, Paul speaks of the goal of his preaching, “so we speak, not to please man, but to please God”(4).
Third, Paul speaks of the manner of his preaching, “for we never came with words of flattery”(5).
Fourth, Paul returning to his motives, states he was not in it for personal gain, “nor with a pretext for greed”(5).
Fifth, Paul speaks of the goal and motivation of his ministry, “Nor did we seek glory from people”.
Read the whole post here.