- Mark 3:13 (NKJV) And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.
You’re probably familiar with the leadership principle that a leader should surround himself with people whose skills make up for his own shortcomings. You’re probably also aware that this is easier said than done. The truth is we’re more comfortable being surrounded by people who are similar to us.
What you may not be aware of is that this same dynamic is at work in your ministry. Like attracts like. We’ve all heard that opposites attract; and that may be true to a point. But if you do your homework you will discover that those “opposites” really have much more in common than those few differences would indicate.
One of the key factors in helping people decide if they want to be a part of your church or class is whether or not they like you—this is just one of the facts of life.
One of the problems with this is that there are only so many people like you.
If your ministry becomes stale and static you can almost be assured that it is because you’ve become stale and static. One of the most vital keys for a growing and thriving church or ministry is that its leader is growing and thriving.
It’s amazing how much time we spend in praying and preparing to speak into the lives of other people and forget the one person who needs our preaching and teaching the most—ourselves! If your preaching and teaching is not changing you then you can be assured that it is not changing those listening to you—they insist on being like you.
Preaching from the overflow of your life and keeping that overflow fresh and flourishing is vital.
Starting on a journey with Christ and taking others with you is the catalyst for great preaching and teaching and for growing the household of faith.
One of the most important questions that you should ask when preparing for that next sermon or series is this: “Lord Jesus, what do you need to do in my life next?”
Bottom line, make it your goal to be the person that needs your next sermon or lesson the most. As you keep growing, your people will keep growing, and together you will grow the harvest.
Hope you enjoy the preacher’s sermon Sunday 🙂