by guest writer, Matthew Jury pastor of Grace Bible Chapel.
5 Things Necessary for Ministry
Someone recently asked me what five things are necessary for ministry. I thought long and hard because there are so many key character qualities necessary for successful ministry. Thinking on my own experiences and what I’ve observed in people who encourage and inspire me, I came up with the following:
Humility. People will say ridiculous things about you. They will try your patience. You will think many more times than you would dare to admit “I didn’t sign up for this.” You will want your own way, if only so that someone else doesn’t get theirs. God gives grace to the humble. Prayer: “Lord, help me to want what You want.”
Patient perseverance. Stick with it even though it may not seem like you are making a difference. You’re dealing with eternal fruit, not temporary fruit. Fruit doesn’t suddenly pop out. It takes an entire season (a year) for an apple tree to produce apples. Included in this is the vital importance of little things. Don’t neglect the little things, the things that you might think, “Oh, I can do that later.” Those little things are the true test of faithfulness. “Lord, help me to be faithful.”
Love. A congregation will overlook a lot of quirky things if they know you love them. Tell those you lead that you love them. Show them that you love them.
Joy. It is not a luxury that you would like to have. It is indispensable. It is also an evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. No joy — no Holy Spirit! “Lord, help me to understand Your joy in my life daily.”
Faith. Trust God’s Word to do what only God’s Word can do, especially in preaching. In a world of instant results, it’s easy to say a few, well-crafted words to get people to walk an aisle or to raise a hand or whatever else we call them to do in response to a sermon. We need to trust that the long term application of God’s Word is indeed happening. “Lord, I trust You to do what only You can do.”