Do you know what the middle verse of the Old Testament is? Its 2 Chronicles 20:17: You will not have to fight in this battle. This is a significant verse and not just because its the middle point of the Old Testament. Its significant because of what it says to those of us fighting a battle.
Your mind is a special gift from God. It can potentially store 100 trillion thoughts. And it is a tool that God wants to use in your ministry to fulfill his purposes.
It is almost a cliché at Saddleback that growing churches require growing leaders. If you dont take in truth, you cant give it out. As ministry leaders we use a lot of different methods to keep growing. We attend conferences. We find mentors. We listen to podcasts. But one of my favorite ways to grow as a leader is to read.
The longer youre a believer, the less you think like an unbeliever. After you come to Christ, your interests and values change.
Last week, I shared with you nine ideas about how to motivate yourself for a particular ministry task. In this article Ill give you nine more ideas.
Motivation is contagious. I never try to motivate other people. I only worry about motivating myself. When Im motivated, I know others will catch my enthusiasm.
One of the most helpful habits you can develop as a preacher is to become a collector. Ive been a collector for years, and it has made my preaching much more effective. Im not talking about a hobby.
There are people in your church who dont want you to be vulnerable. They want to put a halo on you and pretend youre never tempted. They want to believe youre just a little bit above the crass realities of life. But that belief denies a truth of life. Itll also keep us from having full impact in other peoples lives.
Facilities and physical environment have a lot to do with what happens in a weekend worship service.
The only time most people think about eternity is at funerals, and then its often shallow, sentimental thinking, based on ignorance.
Lasting joy in ministry comes from knowing Christ better and better. You may think thats obvious for those of us in ministry. Well, I wish it were more obvious. Its way too easy to just go through the motions instead of basing your ministry on a growing relationship with Christ. In fact, your ministry will have no impact if youre not developing a more intimate relationship with Christ.