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Let God Lead Your Ministry

Rev. Crystal July 20, 2014 0 comments
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Let God Lead Your Ministry by Elaine Stephens

 

Women in ministry, where would the church be without the ministry of women?  Some may feel a call to ministry, but have no idea what God may want them to do. Do what needs to be done in the church, and God will lead you into more areas of ministry.  God will use those who are faithful and committed. In Matthew 25 verses 21 and 23, the servants’ lord said unto the servants that used their talents, “thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things”.  As you grow and show you are faithful in the little things you find to do, God will open doors and cause your ministry to grow into bigger things.

God may want to change your ministry from time to time.  Allow Him to move you from place to place in His service.  I’ve moved from Sunday School to Music Director, Promotions Director, Bible Quiz Coach, District Quiz Coordinator, Church Secretary, Ladies Ministry, Women’s Group Bible Study Leader, sometimes ministering in several areas at one time.  Often, we think some of these things are “just jobs”, but you are affecting others in being involved; and God can use what you are doing to “minister” to others as long as your motives are to minister and not just to be in leadership.

You may be called to one specific ministry, but don’t close the door to other areas.  Be open to where God may want to lead you.  God could put others into “your” ministry to allow you to be able to move into a new place of ministry.  Don’t resist, but learn to walk with God and go where He is leading you each day.

God has been talking to me about “walking with Him” every day.  Not just in general, but on a day-to-day basis.  I’m reminded of a sight in my backyard the other day.  A flock of wild turkeys live in the area, and now and then they wander through my yard.  As I was watching, I noticed how some of the young ones would lag behind or wander from the direction the adults were trying to lead them.  They wouldn’t get very far away before the adults would gently guide them back into the right path.  I’m sure that if they would resist the adult prodding, they would soon be lost.

I want to check my steps everyday, to be sure I’m allowing God to lead me, and that I’m in His will and letting Him guide my direction and my ministry.  I want to hear His voice and be sensitive to His prodding.  Let’s not get caught up in “performing” our ministry or in the “importance” of our ministry, however big or small.  Let’s just let God lead us to do what He wants us to do each day so that we can work together to build His kingdom and edify one another.

Copyright 2013 Elaine Stephens

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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