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Are You Deep Enough?

“Your ministry (teaching, preaching, Bible studies, curriculum, small group, etc.) isn’t deep enough.”

It’s a critique I hear from time to time.

Not usually from participants. But from onlooking ministry leaders.

I’ve wondered, what do they mean by “deep”?

When I’ve probed, “deep” seems to mean dense information, lots of historical detail, many Bible verses, theological complexity, and a dose of Greek.

I often wonder how today’s depth-finders would have critiqued Jesus’ ministry.

Would he have passed their tests?

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I suspect the depth Jesus sought was less about information and more about personal transformation.

What he really craved were deep personal relationships with him and the Father.

Personal relationships—including and especially relationships with Jesus—are just that—personal. They’re not mass-produced as in a factory. Or a lecture hall.

Jesus-style depth comes when a person experiences the very presence of God, reaches deeply within, reflects, makes a personal ah-ha, and grows.

Jesus went deep with his colorful stories, with his probing questions, and with his fully engaging experiences.

Do you want a ministry that goes deep?

1. Tell a good story…without always revealing your own spiritual interpretation.

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Thom Schultz is an eclectic author and the founder of Group Publishing and Lifetree Café. Holy Soup offers innovative approaches to ministry, and challenges the status quo of today’s church.