As one who started to preach at 14 years of age and was a pastor at 21, I know all too well the mistakes we are prone to make in the early years. I chose to write on these because, regardless of age, beginners in ministry usually make the same mistakes over and over. We are always thrilled to see new leaders emerge. We who are older need to help them in the process. Here are some tips and bits of wisdom from observation and personal experience.
Between January 1–Good Friday: Sow Firstfruits Seed as a Congregation. This will serve to finance the ministry of the APOSTLE/SENIOR PASTOR. Every Family or Giving Unit is invited to participate. 2% of the expected annual income or 1week’s salary is the goal. This is the “Faith Seed” for the year for the Church’s families.
There is a renewed interest in personal and ministry finances within the Spirit-filled Church. In some areas it is urgent. While honest ministry leaders have always striven to maintain good stewardship, the question is being raised today by many, including a congressional investigation of several high-profile leaders: “How much is enough? How much is too much?
Successful ministries grow out of a divine connection and an apostolic releasing. Spiritual identity only comes out of spiritual authority. A disciple incarnates the teacher not just the teaching. Criticism doesn’t define who I am; it refines and clarifies who I am. How you deal with criticism determines the quality of your life.
Most churches are not struggling because they don’t have good preaching. They are struggling because they don’t have clear vision.
Like nowhere else, here the teaching of Jesus ceases to be theory and becomes reality! In the “Sermon on the Mount,” our Lord commands us to “love our enemies;” on the Cross, He obeys His own command! In the “Sermon on the Mount,” our Lord teaches us to “do good to those who spitefully use us;” on the Cross, He follows His own teaching!
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them ...