Lost in Ministry? Get Back to the Basics

In an age where a lot of attention is placed on Web sites, Twitter followings and making friends/fans on Facebook, it can be easy to forget the importance of focusing on the basics in our ministries.

Now don’t get me wrong, Web sites, Twitter and Facebook are great tools and, in this digital age, it’s important to utilize them to reach the world (after all, it’s where you will find them). But once we do attract someone to our ministry, what basics are we intentional about in our teaching, connecting and discipleship?

As I was thinking on these things, I came up with a few key points:

1. We can’t do the extraordinary until we “get” the ordinary.

Countless programs and record attendance don’t necessarily mean we are really doing ministry. Real success is measured by change and depth. Those extraordinary goals we have for our ministry can only be achieved when we focus relentlessly on the basics of sharing the Gospel and developing disciples that do the same.

2. Basics are never developed at microwave speed.

As humans we fall into the trap of measuring success in hours and days. We want quick results. After all, we have fast food, automatic banking and even instant messaging. But God’s timing is eternal. It takes a lifetime to become what He desires for us. Spiritual maturity in our ministries only comes through experiences filled with the twists and turns life has to offer.

3. Everyone needs reminders from time to time.

How “seasoned” is your ministry? What percent have been Christians for much of their lives? While this group is certainly a blessing (and possible outcome) of your ministry, it can be the most susceptible to complacency. Church attendance can become more of a habit than a passion and the salvation experience can be a memory that is referenced instead of an active, vibrant realization of each day. Whether a new believer or seasoned follower, everyone can benefit by pausing from time to time and focusing on what it really means to be a Christ follower. And that pause keeps us focused on what really matters.

If ministry is making you lose sight of the reason behind it, step away and refocus. What are some of the ways you zoom out?

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12 thoughts on “Lost in Ministry? Get Back to the Basics

    • Thanks for your comment Artie. A definite "slap in the face" for me as well. The basics are too easy to forget but so essential.

  1. Asking "Lord, speak to me" in a daily time in the presence of the word. There is always something fresh.

    Hardest thing to keep center- this world is not my home- remember that and you value what god values.

    • Thanks for your comment Bob. Daily is really the key isn't it? Your thoughts are so true. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It's easy to fall into a earthly routine each day. So important to remember how important the little things are, keep God and your family close to your heart, and never take anything for granted. What is here today may be easily gone tomorrow.

    • Thanks for your comment, Debbie. The posts I write are a challenge from the Lord. I appreciate your encouragement!

  3. Great post! Honestly, it doesn't sound like fun to get good at the ordinary, before we do extraordinary things, but it is so true. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thanks for your comment Lauren. You are right, the ordinary can seem boring and it's easy to not want to focus there. But when the ordinary becomes perfect, it becomes extraordinary. Daily discipline is difficult but certainly rewarding.

  4. This is so very true. In Sept 2009 I hit my burnout. I had done ministry for those with chronic illness from my home office. I KNEW my calling was not to delete spam. I had began RestMinistries.com in 1996, just as the internet was coming into homes, and it's all changed so much. It's been exciting, but sometimes I long for the simpler days of being able to focus on the ministry, not just the "spreading of the word" of the ministry. I read Wayne Cordiero's book "Leading on Empty" and got a Christian life coach and am back on track!

  5. Thanks for sharing your story Rest Ministries! Technology has so many wonderful attributes, but it has increased the speed and volume at which we receive info. We often don't know we're in "simpler" days until they have passed us by. Glad to hear you are being re-fueled!