5 Tips to Finding the Right Ministry Network

Networking is important for many reasons. From providing access to a diverse group of people, to fueling creativity.

Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and exposure to the right network can ensure your success and speed it up as well.

Who you allow in your inner circle will determine your success. But, you’ll never find it if you’re not searching. 

Oh to find a network of people like you. Like minded people who share your heart. “Your People”! 

So how do you find the right ministry network for you? 

I know from experience, that finding the right network is not always easy and it becomes more difficult as you mature and advance in ministry. 

What leaders in any ministry have in common is they are all leaders, but, they are not all on the same spiritual or intellectual level. (Matthew 13:8, Ephesians 4:7) 

As you attempt to establish relationships that can build networks, you’ll discover a power dynamic instead. Leaders who would rather compete with you or, “cremate you”, as one pastor put it. 

Of course, no network is perfect. The key is finding the one that best meets your needs.

Here’s how to find the right ministry network for you. 
  1. Look beyond your surroundings.

    Seeking a network of leaders in familiar surroundings is not healthy and could limit your spiritual growth.

    I learned early in ministry the importance of having a network of leaders outside the ministry, city, and state that I live. A network that I can call or go to for advice and support. 

    If the only network you belong to is in familiar surroundings, then when disagreements occur, friendships could become strained.

    I know from experience, that finding the right network is not always easy. It also becomes more difficult as you mature and advance in ministry.

  2. Find the right scene.

    A scene is a place where something is happening. A group that comes together doing the things you desire to do. When you find the right scene, a network often follows or is already there.

  3. Show up.

    Don’t wait for someone to invite you. Show up where people are doing what you want to do or what you’re already doing.

    Show up to the conferences, the workshops, and seminars. I’ve done this many time.

    Years ago when I wanted to be an author, I started showing up at book conferences. I met authors and publishers of all kinds from around the world. Many of them I’m still connected with today.

    In 2008, when I made a decision to influence change in how we do and think about ministry, I became a part of a network because I showed up. I engaged them, both in person and online.

  4. Don’t rush it.

    Take your time to study and analyze the network and the people in it, from both near and from afar. Get to know them slowly. This will help prevent disappointment and unnecessary wounds.

    Pay attention to what they're doing and not just what they're saying.

  5. Create your own.

    What if you find a network you would love to be a part of but they don’t want you?

    If you can’t find a network that wants you or one you want to be a part of, then create your own. 
As I said earlier, finding the right network is not always easy and sometimes not always where we expect it to be. They can be in unlikely places and with unlikely people. 

What if the network you want to be a part of is with a different denomination or a group that believes differently than you? 

This group has everything you need for development and growth. They're the network you've been looking for. 

Don't let this hinder your progress.

No two people will agree 100% all the time. Paul didn't agree with Peter, Mark or Barnabas at one time or another and they didn't always agree with him.

If The Lord had not come to Peter in a dream, Peter would have never connected with Cornelius and discover that God loved gentiles too.

Aquila and Priscilla didn’t see what Apollos hadn’t heard or didn’t know as an obstacle or something that would keep them from coming together. Instead, they saw an opportunity to focus on what they had in common.

If Aquila and Priscilla could see past Apollos’ theological shortcomings so can we with one another.

In a network, your network, information is shared. You become “Helpers one to another”. What one may not know, the other shows the way.

When God connected these three together, he established a relationship between them that strengthened a broader network. 

Networks not only build us up but more importantly they build the Kingdom.


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