10 Keys to Long-Term Ministry

This morning I sat down and thought about the length of time I’ve spent in ministry.  Believe it or not I have now been in full time ministry for 21 years.  (not counting my volunteer years…yes I was a volunteer long ago) Wow! It has flown by.  So, I thought I would share 10 Keys to Long Term Ministry.

1. Renew your Commitment

Ask yourself why you are in ministry.  Remember what first drew you to ministry as a vocation.  Think about how you felt when you first answered God’s call.

2. Don’t view your Ministry as a Stepping Stone

Too often ministry to children or teens is seen as a starting place for ministry.  If you are called to serve Children or Teens serve there with purpose and commitment.

3. Evaluate & Grow

Analyze how things are going within your ministry on a regular basis.  Remember, people’s perception is their reality. Check the temperature of the room often.

4. Stay Healthy – Spiritually, Emotionally, & Physically 

We need to be attentive to all three of these areas if we desire to serve for the long haul.

5. Communicate – Communicate – Communicate

Large groups, Small groups and individuals all need clear communication about where we are going and how we are going to get there.