LESSONS FROM MY FIRST THREE YEARS OF MINISTRY (PART 3)

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This week I am reflecting on some of the lessons that I have learned in my first three years of ministry:

Lesson 1- Jesus is Faithful

Lesson 2- God’s Word is Sufficient

Lesson 3- Bible College: The Most Effective Method of Training? 

Lesson 4- Don’t Neglect Yourself Spiritually

It’s way too easy to neglect your own soul as a pastor…

The danger of writing sermons and talks every day is that you can fall into a trap. If you spend the day laboring at a text it can be easy to justify not reading the bible for yourself since you have spent the day saturated in God’s word. However personal bible reading is vital for our souls.

Acts 20:28 says:

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,”

Lesson 5- Know when to Pull the Plug

Sometimes a ministry reaches the end of its life. That’s OK.

I think it is important to be reviewing all of the ministries and programs that a church runs. We need to ask what is it’s purpose and then consider if that purpose is being achieved. If it is, great. If not, something needs to be done.

There may be scope to change the program so that it is able to achieve its aims, but sometimes, you just have to pull the plug. These are often difficult decisions to make, particularly if that ministry has existed for years in your church or if it is an individuals project.  However there is no point pumping time, resources and money into something that is unable to achieve it’s aims.

This was a decision I had to make last term for one of the ministries I was involved in. We realized that we were unable to achieve what we had set out to do. So as a team we reviewed our options, and as a result we had to pull the plug.

These sorts of decisions are not the easiest to make, but is is important not to bury our heads in the sand.

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