Friday, 09 November 2012 06:00

Needed, Ministry Resources

Written by Tim Patrick

Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of The Shepherd’s Connection

In an article I wrote last week I referred to II Tim. 4:9-13. In this passage Paul asks Timothy to bring several resources.  He recognized some of the vital resources that are helpful to his journey in ministry.  Paul identifies friends, reading material (the scrolls), and his cloak.  “Make every effort to come to me soon, for Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world, and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Only Luke is with me.  Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry.  I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.  When you come, bring the cloak I left in Troas with Carpus, as well as the scrolls, especially the parchments.  Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works.” (II Timothy 4:9-13)

Paul knew the value of resources. What about you? Do you maintain resources that will enable you to stay healthy for your journey in ministry? I will share some resources that I have found to be helpful to a healthy journey in ministry.

1. First and foremost is an intimate walk with God. Sometimes serving in ministry keeps our calendar full and our time scheduled to the max. A dump truck cannot be filled while moving nor a Godly person inspired without stopping to receive.

2. Reading is another important resource. Paul asked for the scrolls/parchments. Obviously the Word of God should be at the top of our list. However, I would add two other forms of reading.

  • We should read for professional growth. Books about preaching, the devotional life, history, church administration, and the like will inspire professional growth. Such growth has a proactive affect in maintaining ministry health.
  • Another form of reading deals with heart issues. Many professionals have written books about heart issues. This would include burn-out, dealing with bitterness, recognizing depression, maintaining priorities, and the like.

3. Another valuable resource is a truthful friend. The Bible tells us there is a “friend who sticks closer than a brother.” We need friends to comfort us when we are discouraged and be honest with us when we need to hear the truth. Sometimes we make foolish choices and need to be told so. A trustworthy friend will tell us the truth, even when it hurts.

4. We need a professional adviser. This could be a counselor who works with ministers on a regular basis. It could be a denominational worker who understands the heart of ministers. It could be a coach/mentor to walk with us through the decisions of ministry.

5. We need interaction with others who serve in ministry. My last two articles (Wanted, Encouragers; and No man Is an Island) speak to this need. It is easy to get caught in the day-to-day affairs of ministry and forget those who walk a similar path.

When the “Shepherd’s Connection” was founded two years ago, our desire was to connect ministers with resources that promote health in ministry. These include reading, retreats, testimonies, blogs, articles, and ministry retreats where we can go to be refreshed. We recognize that you need and want to stay healthy for ministry. Serving in ministry is a marathon, not a sprint. We pray that you will finish well!

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