“If time, money and human resources were unlimited and you could start a new ministry next month, what would be its focus? We’re not talking details … rather, what would it generally address?”
This is one of the questions I ask people as part of the spiritual gifts assessments we’re doing at St. Paul’s, and I think it’s a good one for all of us to ponder. Answering this question honestly will tell you where your true passions for service lie. What ministry did God give you a special heart and desire to accomplish?
In my own case, it would definitely be something educational, but educational in a way that helped people to grow spiritually. Maybe a “school of religion” that offered classes to ordinary Christians about prayer, spiritual disciplines, spiritual gifts and the like. I’m attracted to equipping ministries which are defined as:
Equipping Ministries: The heart of these ministries is maturing believers in the area of their gifts, ministry, training and leadership. It serves a variety of life stage and affinity-based groups for growth, accountability and service.
Your passions may lead you in a very different direction. Maybe you’re interested in caring for others, evangelism, or offering hospitality. Maybe you’re interest is in the worship service itself, or in supporting other ministries in different ways. Whatever your passion, when you find it, and then do it, you’ll feel God’s pleasure. He made us to serve. What kinds of service attract you? I really would like to hear from our other authors and our readers.
“There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them in every one.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6