Breathing new life into ministry
Vibrant Faith Coaching Team
Every repetitive thing we do in life is in danger of a dulling descent into rote. And our ministry rhythms are not immune. Week after week we plan worship. Year after year we start new ministries and add fuel to existing ones. It can feel like rinse and repeat; wax on/wax off. How do we continue to breathe new life into our ministries, generating excitement and motivation?
I suggest three ways (like every good sermon!)...
1. | Evaluate what is working well
2 | Evaluate what is not working well and sucks the life out of you
3 | Evaluate what’s missing
Most important for each of us is to turn off the autopilot and begin to imagine and discover where the Spirit of God is moving in the people of God. In Isaiah 43 and again in Revelation 21, we see God’s bedrock promise: “I am making all things new.” This is a prompt for us to look forward, to consider the ways God is moving. And this becomes palpable as we consider how the Body of Christ can continue to make things new, and even make new things. May the Spirit of God empower you and your congregation to live into making new things in new ways to inspire you and one another.
QUESTIONS | REFLECTIONS
- What brings you joy? What energizes you? How can you do more of these things?
- What are you tolerating in your life or ministry setting? What would it look like if it was gone?
- What's missing in your life? How can you add it or reclaim it?
- What will you do THIS WEEK to breathe new life into your ministry?
Rev. Dr. Mark Slaughter serves as the Minister of Worship Arts at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN. In addition to his 35+ years of ministry, he received a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity and Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University.
What brings you joy? Praising God in song with guitar and voice during worship.
What energizes you? People gathered together is Jesus' name praising God. And preaching a message in which people are all ears and moved by the Spirit.
How can you do more of these things? Keep partnering with leaders and be doing this year after year
What are you tolerating in your life or ministry setting? Passive engagement, spectators
What would it look like if it was gone? Rather, how do we engage and challenge spectators to be participants
What's missing in your life? not much....livin' the dream
How can you add it or reclaim it? I can add more one-on-ones with more people who are motivated for change and purpose in life, to live more fully in Christ
What will you do THIS WEEK to breathe new life into your ministry? Put up my livinthedreamlifecoaching.org this week!
What brings you joy? playing with babies and toddlers
What energizes you? talking wih college students
How can you do more of these things? need to think critically about this
What are you tolerating in your life or ministry setting? not being recognized for my contributions
What would it look like if it was gone? my work would have more joy and passion in it for me
What's missing in your life? passion, joy,
How can you add it or reclaim it? First to investigate what I am passionate about that allows me to be intentional about lowering stress
What will you do THIS WEEK to breathe new life into your ministry? I will go to a movie, take a walk in a city park, appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of nature, check my blood pressure before and after.