Perseverance

033 - Ministry That Lasts

It's a somewhat common story. A leader gets discouraged in a ministry. The thoughts occurs that it's time to move to another place. And they leave their ministry to try something new or in a different context. Leaving a ministry isn't always bad, there are definite times when that may be the step that is needed. But I wanted to talk to Dave Ferguson about staying in ministry for the long-haul.

Dave Ferguson celebrated 28 years at Community Christian Church in Chicago, IL this year. We have gotten to know each other through mutual connections and the Exponential Conference. Links for Exponential are below. If you are in a place wondering if leaving your current ministry is for you, take a minute and listen to this firs.t Join us for a conversation about ministry that last; how to stay in ministry long-term. 

Resources |

Exponential Conference - http://exponential.org

New Thing Network - http://www.newthing.org

Dave Ferguson - daveferguson@communitychristian.org

Books |

Finding Your Way Back to God - https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Your-Way-Back-God/dp/1601426097/

Starting Over - https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Over-Your-Beyond-Regrets/dp/1601426119/

Practical Help |

Dave mentioned "RPMS," a journaling tool to help assess where you are as a leader. How are you doing Relationally, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually.

How are you in your relationships with family and friends? Are things good there or do you have some work to do?

How are you physically? Are you taking care of your body? Getting a workout in? Eating well?

How are you mentally? Are you taking time to stay up to date on the latest news. Are you current on what's happening in the world? Is your mind right for ministry?

How are you doing spiritually? Are you taking time for God? Have you allowed to-do lists to take over? Are you operating on empty?

Begin journaling RPMS to get a sense and gauge of your personal and ministry health.

 

Photo courtesy - Exponential Conference & Joshua Shank with Rocket Republic https://twitter.com/rocketrepublic

 

015 - Keep Digging Ditches

It took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win a World Series. Imagine working somewhere for 108 years and never seeing the big "win" in your team or organization. It's not hard to see why you would contemplate quitting or giving up and moving on to greener pasture.

In this episode my friend, Tom Pounder, and I talk about keeping your nose to the grindstone and digging ditches even if you can't see the fruit just yet. There may be many seasons where you never are able to enjoy the fruit of your work, but God is calling you to be faithful where you are planted. So keep digging ditches.