The Mess of Ministry
I went with my family and some of my small group to a petting zoo on Saturday. One thing you notice is that the animals make mess.
It reminded me of this verse from Proverbs. “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” Proverbs 14:4
I am not an expert on Oxen, but I am sure they can make a mess. But if we seek a large harvest we must allow for and even expect a mess.
Ministry is messy, but there is meaning in the mess.
There is magnification of God in the mess.
There is movement toward Christ in the mess.
There is mission in the mess.
There is maturity in the mess.
There are even miracles in the mess.
A BIG harvest needs a BIG mess!
3 “S” Leadership
Serve-Shepherd-Suffer….servant leaders must be prepared to do all three.
Strategy is specific and clear. A strategy that is general, vague, or not targeted….will fail. As Craig Groschel says, “”GENERAL ideas do not move people to SPECIFIC action.”
Strategy should clearly answer the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” questions.
Each week I collect my random reflections, thoughts, and observations on leading, learning, and the church from my week and the weekend’s 4 services. There is no rhyme or reason, it is simply what was on my mind from my previous week…. I call it Pastor Leadership Notebook.