25 October 2011 Denise Kissee, Director of Elementary Ministries, First Baptist Woodstock
The Greatest Lessons Learned in Ministry
Having served on staff at FBCW for 20 years as Director of Elementary Ministries, and 4 years as a volunteer, God has taught me some valuable lessons as I look back over the past 24 years. I trust that God will use them in your life to encourage and challenge you on your ministry journey!
DON’T LOVE THE MINISTRY MORE THAN YOU LOVE THE SAVIOR!
The greatest enemy of a staff person / layperson that will ruin your relationship with the Lord is busyness. Are you exhausting yourself for the Lord…or for your ministry? Are you building your kingdom or God’s kingdom?
Key Verse: Matthew 22:37
Key Thought/Application: Providing an effectively ministry outwardly must first begin inwardly. There first must be a personal commitment to Lordship.
Making the soul our first mission is essential to becoming a resource for others. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions are each vital to the developing of the whole person. If you are hollow spiritually; it will become evident in your leading. You will lack the inner power, peace and guidance that only God can bring, not to mention divine wisdom that surpasses moral smarts. Remember, you cannot reach your God given potential with a shriveled soul!
THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL MINISTRY IS FOUND IN YOUR STAFF / LAY LEADERSHIP.
Your leadership can either lift you up or bring you down. The key to building an effective leadership team is summed up in one word “relationships”.
Key Verse: Eccl. 4:9-12
Key Thought/Application: “Everything Rise and Falls on Leadership”. J. Maxwell
EFFECTIVE PLANNING IS A MUST.
Parents find comfort in knowing that you are not “flying by the seat of your pants.” Organization provides confidence and competence for our parents and in our ability to lead.
Key Verse: Proverbs 16:3
Key thought/application: Know your strengths and weaknesses. Surround yourself with people who can enhance your ministry in the area where you are weak
WE NEED TO EQUIP THE SAINTS TO DO THE MINISTRY.
Your ministry will only grow to your limitations … what you can get your arms around … what you can personally touch … unless you equip others and release the ministry to those who are capable, those whom God has called to be your Aaron & Ur…to help hold your hands up in ministry.
Key Verse: Exodus 18: 17-23
Key Thought/Application: You need to work yourself out of a ministry … Give it away…but give it away to people who are proven responsible!
KNOW GOD’S SPECIFIC PLAN FOR YOUR SPECIFIC MINISTRY.
Don’t listen to things the “culture” recommends and elevates that compromise the Gospel.
Key Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Key Thought/Application: You’ve got to spend time with the father in prayer in order to know his heart beat for your ministry.
PROVIDE A MINISTRY OF EXCELLENCE THAT HONORS GOD.
“Success means being the best. Excellence means being your best. Success, to many, means being better than everyone else. Excellence means being better tomorrow than you were yesterday. Success means exceeding the achievements of other people. Excellence means matching your practice with your potential.” Brian Harbour
Key Verse: Ecc 9:10
Key Thought/Application: Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing right things. Excellence is doing right things right.
Closing Thoughts: Two things in ministry that really matter.
Be Authentic…be the “real deal”.
Be anointed…spend time along with God!