Quotes about ministry

Our marriages are inevitably bound up with the realities of ministry. It is a blessing and a privilege to have a partner who works, cares, cries, rejoices and reflects with us. And we need to think and pray hard about the best ways to work together and support each other.

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Many (if not all) local churches tend to run at slightly more than capacity in terms of the energy of the ministers and active members. There is often so much going on that what fruit there might be is choked and does not reach maturity because there is no space for it to grow. The reasons for this overcrowding and lack of pruning are many and v... read more

Paul stresses the different gifts God gives to emphasise how we need one another (Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12), not to encourage us to find fulfilment in only doing what we enjoy. ‘Ministry’ is just another word for ‘service’. So ministry is not about self-fulfilment. It’s about serving others in love in whatever way is app... read more

If we fail to examine the heart and the areas where it needs to change, our ministry efforts will only result in people who are more committed and successful idolaters.

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We need missionaries and we need pastors. But we also need entrepreneurs who create jobs so people can make money so they can support missionaries and pastors. And we need entrepreneurs because work is good. Please don’t ever think you’re a second class citizen in the kingdom of God if you aren’t in full-time ministry. You can honour the L... read more

I am deeply persuaded that the foundation for people-transforming ministry is not sound theology; it is love. Without love, our theology is a boat without oars.

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