It’s easy to add the tangibles- the right certifications, the trendy look and the proper illustrations. But there are five important aspects of a thriving ministry that are easy to overlook. Take a look at the points below and ask yourself what your ministry is missing.
1. Become Fully Known
In our fast-paced, surface level world, it’s easy to run a mile wide and an inch deep in relationships. It’s time to seek out folks to share life with- people with which you can be fully known- not just sharing the top 98% of your life, but diving deep and sharing when there is something rotten living inside you. Be willing to share first because people are drawn to authenticity. This could be a formal, weekly crew or just people in the office you interact with daily. Regardless, pray for and find a crew who can know you fully.
2. Celebrate God’s Work
It is all too easy to become task-oriented. Running from youth event to football game gets exhausting. Take time to celebrate victories, positive conversations and any job well done. This could be alone in your journal or in a public staff meeting. We see the champions of scripture taking the time to celebrate the times God used them. We should do the same.
3. Confess Failure
I want to appear strong like the peak of a mountain, but it is in the valleys that God does his work. Nothing grows at the top of the mountains. Be willing to confess your failures and where you are weak with those you lead. Confess thoughts, desires, imperfections. Ask for prayer and encourage others to do the same. The authenticity will breed a culture of trust and accountability and eventually change hearts.
4. Spend time alone
Get disciplined. Spend time alone with God. The more you do it, the more you will begin to enjoy it. If you are struggling, ask the people in point one for help. Don’t rely on others or a sermon outline for your spiritual growth, take charge yourself!
Too many ministries are cut short by a short life. Learn a balance in pizza parties and pastor-appreciation cakes. Long life= long ministry. Join a gym, invest in your health. Develop healthy hobbies. The connections you make there are great opportunities for evangelism.
Frank Colarusso is striving to daily lay down his life and follow Christ. As recovering foodie, when he isn’t taking full advantage of creation at summer camp he can be found serving the church in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Instagram at @SPEAKINGQUITEFRANKLY.