How To Succeed in Ministry – Part 1

10 Mar

I was thinking today about the reasons people fail in ministry. I don’t just mean full-time pulpit ministry either. What is it that causes people to not be doing what God has for them?

Here are the first three things you need to do to stay in ministry.

  1. Don’t Sin

    When we get off into sin, we can’t fulfill what God has for us. While at was at the Napkin Conference, Pastor Benny Perez told us that he started The Church at South Las Vegas seven years ago. In that seven year time frame, every church that had planted in that area of town had a moral failure in the leadership. He said the pastors primary fell in three areas: Greed, Sex, Power. I heard another person say it this way: the gold, the girls and the glory. If you think you are above temptation in any area, beware because then that’s where the enemy will most likely attack you.

    While Jesus paid the price for your sin, there will be consequences here in this life. God will restore you to a place of service after repentance but it will take time and that’s the only resource that we have that is truly nonrenewable. Just skip the whole thing and guard your heart. You are one bad decision away from obscurity.

  2. Don’t Quit

    One of my favorites quotes about this is from the movies Galaxy Quest “Never give up, never surrender!” Another one is from Kenneth Hagin Jr. “I will not be defeated, I will not quit.” Paul told Timothy to fight a good faith fight (1 Timothy 6:12). So many of our battles in life are won simply by not quitting.

    We have so many examples in the Bible of non-quitters:

    David when he was pursued by Saul could have quit and we would have never been king. Would he had quit after he sinned and God punished him, we would not have the book of Psalms. Had he quit when his own son wanted to kill him, we would have never know him as “a man after God’s own heart”.

    Noah didn’t cry, quit or complain when God asked him to build the ark.  It took him 120 years. How long have you been building what God told you to do?

    Joesph was thrown in prison because of the dream God gave him. What hardship’s are you willing to endure to keep living the dream?

    Lions could not get Daniel to quit. What is it that you fear may eat you?

    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not swayed by the fire. What is burning you?

    I could go on and on. (See Hebrews 11.)

  3. Don’t Do It Alone

    We have basically two groups of people we can’t do without: those we lead and those who lead us.

    Let’s start with those we lead. Jesus could not do ministry by himself so what makes think we can? He recruited 12 and 70 and more to spread the gospel. If he ran his ministry how some people do as soon as He died and rose again and transcended into heaven the movement would have been dead. I have heard it said “There is no success without a successor”. There are no Lone Rangers in God’s kingdom. If you can do what you’re doing alone then you’re not serving God. Duplicate yourself in others.

    Then we are to be under authority to have authority. I see many young ministers who make the mistake of thinking they need no accountability. That is wrong, stupid, and un-Biblical. You see, God speaks and administers authority through two avenues, direct and delegated. Where people go wrong is thinking all they need is a direct line from God. If you look at the Bible, however, you’ll see that God spoke to most of the people through delegated authority. that is to say he used someone else to speak to them. Submission is a dirty word in today’s culture but not in the culture of heaven.

    Areas of submission:
    One another – Ephesians 5:21
    Those over you – Hebrews 13:17
    Children to parents – Ephesians 6:1
    Human institutions and authorities – 1 Peter 2:13-18
    Church authority – 1 Peter 5:5
    Wives to husbands – Ephesians 5:22
    Body and soul submit to spirit – 1 Corinthians 9:27

    Our Pastor Denise Menke said something in Life Bible Institute that really speaks volumes to this subject: “If everything rises and falls on leadership, then Jesus, God and Paul were all horrible leaders.” Think about that for a minute. God had 1/3 of the angels leave him. Jesus had 1/12 of his inner circle betray him. Paul had all kinds of troubles with his associates. There are so many books out today about being leaders but very few on being a good follower. Being a good follower doesn’t mean mindless consent to the mob. Paul said to follow him as he followed Christ.

more coming soon….

12 Responses to “How To Succeed in Ministry – Part 1”

  1. Roy Bowen April 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Great post! I believe this is solid advice for anything in life, especially in ministry.

    For a counter argument to the statement that ‘Everything does not rise and fall with leadership’, I’d like to suggest this article:

    http://www.christianstandard.com/articledisplay.asp?id=667

    I found it very interesting that the author DOES believe that everything rises and falls with leadership. He makes some good points too.

    Roy

  2. thejaymart April 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I definitely believe in the law of the lid. I think maybe the statement should be “Not everything in an organization happens because of leadership.”

    Scriptures and good old fashioned common sense bare that out pretty clearly.

  3. Roy Bowen April 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I agree with that!

    And I think you need to post more – this is good stuff!

    Roy

  4. Dawn Elliott April 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I agree with you both, and will add this. Even though not everything happens in an organization, business, or team because of leadership, the ultimate success of that does come from the leadership. so I guess the correct way to say it is “The success or fail of any business, organization, or team comes from the strength of leadership that is in place…” Great post Pastor Jason…keep them coming!

  5. thejaymart April 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    That statement is definitely more succinct, I concur.

  6. Dawn Elliott April 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Just keeping it simple and real…lol
    Love ya!

  7. FELIX July 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    you blessed me

  8. felix July 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    i have sinned at my youthfull stage while a minister. i had sex wuth my girlfriend who too was a minister of the gospel.
    i also sold my body to gain cash since was poor and orpnaed but very handsome.
    can i still make a minister anymore

    • admin August 9, 2011 at 9:32 am #

      There is no sin too big for God not to overcome. It just takes patience and true repentance to be restored.

  9. obasan taiwo james August 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    a wonderful and inspirational site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Lindsey Whitney March 13, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Great post. I love Flame’s song “Hold On” which talks about never giving up because God is our warrior. Sometimes in ministry you go through dry spells where it’s just “going through the motions”. So often though, these may be the times when we are preparing the soil for the harvest.

  11. Nosa Akpata May 28, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    It’s inspiring.but what do you do when you were succeeding at one time and sinned and you prayed for forgivness still your ministry is going down 1yr,2yrs,3yrs gone yet no improvement.what do you do.

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