July 17, 2017

4 Ingredients for Recreating Ministry

An artist’s job is not to be perfect but to be creating. Jeff Goins 

We are indeed creative beings made in the image of a creative God. Unfortunately, too many creatives in ministry are bound by rules that hinder their success.

It is difficult to be a creative in a ministry whose leaders, systems and traditions are barriers to creativity. Systems and traditions that are not biblical, but machines that keep individuals from experiencing lasting transformation.

Time to recreate ministry. 

Not the kind of ministry that many have been taught and have accepted ministry to be -- a one person show guarded and maintained by the gate keepers of generations past, but ministry reimagined. Ministry that's fresh, new and different. Ministry that truly serves and transforms. 

This means breaking some rules and walking away from what people have always told you ministry is or should be. 

Here are four ingredients for recreating better ministry:

  1. Be strategically focused on what really matters. Don’t miss the big picture. Consider your ultimate goal and purpose. 

    Paul wrote to the Philippians, “For I want you to understand what really matters…”

    Harness your focus on the right things, so that your energy won’t be wasted on the wrong things or the wrong people.

  2. Be entrepreneurial. Most leaders who are creatives are entrepreneurs. 

    As entrepreneurs, we see problems and we set out to solve them. We make things easier, faster, or more convenient. We entertain, inspire or advise. We improve lives in so many ways.

  3. Failure is an option. As the song goes, "Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose". It's OK to fail. It's how we learn.

    Like any entrepreneur, we must be willing to fail. Why? Because entrepreneurs are risk takers, and people who take risks sometimes fail.

    The key is to learn from the failure. "If you fall 7 times, get up eight".
  4. Be gritty, because with failure comes hardships and criticism. So, you will need the ability to persevere and maintain passion for the long haul, despite adverse circumstances. This is why you must be strategically focused on 'what really matters.'
What keeps you creative in your ministry?

What are the barriers to change that you are confronted with in your ministry?


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