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5 Truths You Should Know Before Entering Ministry


I know this seems overly simple, but if you neglect prayer, you won’t have power, or insight, or peace, or pretty much anything you need for effective ministry. Here are a few practical ways to enrich your prayer life

Same Place/Same Time Prayer—Find a spot in your home, a favorite chair or desk, and let that be your holy place. Meet with God there every day, at the same time. Daily disciplined prayer empowers spontaneous unceasing prayer.

Everywhere/All the Time Prayer—For me, “praying without ceasing” relies on a few phrases that I have loaded up as good default thoughts throughout the day. Thanks. Help. WOW. I Love You Too. Let these words spark a conversational intimacy with God. You’ll need to be able to hear his voice in the moment when you’re pastoring people.

Pray Big—Your prayer list is a written testimony to your belief in the power and goodness of God. If I were to read it, would I think God was rich, generous and all powerful? Or would I think that your prayer list was just a to-do list, a notepad full of words you’re using to pump yourself up for the day ahead? God owns everything, loves you infinitely and is all powerful. He has promised to give us what we ask for (Mark 11:24). Believe it, and ASK!


Before entering ministry, know that it is messy and difficult. Sunday is always coming. If you want to survive, you have to choose an attitude that reflects a strong belief in the complete sovereignty of God. Newsflash: When things go sideways, someone is watching. A volunteer, a staff member … someone who is looking to you as an example of faith. God’s will for your life is to “Rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). No matter what happens, God is on our side. He reigns. We win. So, SMILE!


Before entering ministry, know that the people you serve are imitating you whether you like it or not. Can you say “do everything in your life just like me and you will succeed”? People at your church are commanded by the scriptures in Hebrews 13:7 to consider your way of life and imitate your faith. If you don’t have a life and faith worth imitating, then you put a stumbling block in the path of your people. Examine every nook and cranny in your life and ask the Spirit to give you his insight in every area. He knows what disciplines will bring you joy and abundance.

Before entering ministry, remember the Gospel for yourself every day. Jesus paid for all your sins … even the tiniest mistake that comes from simply not being perfect … Jesus paid for it. So live free, full of joy, and have fun! Ministry life is hard, but it’s the best! And the best is yet to come!