Do You Own It?

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Do you take ownership of your area of ministry? It doesn’t matter what ministry you’re involved in, kitchen clean-up or the head of a team, do you take ownership for your part?

What does taking ownership look like? Here are six ways:

  • Coming up with creative ideas for new things to try; moving the ministry forward.
  • Arriving early to help set-up.
  • Staying until the work is done and things are cleaned up.
  • Faithfully attending scheduled meetings, being there on time for the start of it.
  • Contacting team members who were absent. (You don’t have to be “the leader” to do this.)
  • Faithfully praying for your team and pastor.

This will bless your pastor because he’ll feel relieved of the weight of making sure things are taken care of. When a servant leader takes ownership of his or her ministry, the pastor is free to focus on the items on his agenda instead of worrying about the things that we should do.

In what other ways can we take ownership of our ministries? Tweet me your thoughts; I’d love to hear! Use the hashtag #BlessYourPastor.

Pray First

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Photo: Andrea Boldizsar

Do you have struggles, battles and confusing times in your life? Of course you do, we all do.

I tend to want to talk to somebody, use my phone-a-friend option, to discuss the matter. It helps me to talk it out. But I forget to take it to God first. He’s the best friend there is to phone! That’s what prayer is – phoning Jesus.

But some people prefer to go to their pastor to lament their problem, spill their guts and even want the pastor to do the praying for them!

I once had a pastor who would patiently listen then ask the complainer to pray while he agreed. It gave him a good sense of how well the person had prayed before taking their problem to him. Did they really seek God’s help before approaching the pastor?

How about you? Do you pray first before seeking your pastor’s counsel? It’s not bad to ask your pastor for advice or direction, and most likely he’s happy to give it, especially if he knows you’ve prayed and sought God’s answer first.

Bless your pastor and pray, really pray – even fast – before calling him to request time to meet with him. That will bless Jesus too!