Nearly 30 years ago, Joe Ellis wrote in The Church on Target: “Sometimes the voice of Jesus saying, ‘I will build my church,’ can hardly be heard amid the babble of human voices affirming, ‘We will build the church. Our plans, our organizations, our resources will accomplish it, and we will have it the way we want it.’” More recently, “clarity evangelist” Will Mancini wrote similar words, describing 10 ways we often get in the way of God building his church, and what we can do about it.
1. Rely on God’s wisdom, not human wisdom by copying what you see in other churches.
2. Seek ministry assignments that are connected to the rescue mission of redemptive history.
3. Use your ministry platform to develop the gifts of others, not to display your own gifts.
4. Practice transparency rather than making yourself more than you really are.
5. Keep growing in your own faith so you can overflow and influence the growth of others.
6. Be careful not to confuse the ends and means of your ministry efforts.
7. Boldly face the answers to difficult questions rather than practicing denial.
8. Refuse to use your influence to stay in a ministry position longer than you should.
9. Make time for weekly Sabbath rest. Stop taking yourself so seriously that you believe you don’t need it.
10. Focus on loving people deeply rather than on programs, numbers, and growth rates.
Will Mancini blogs at www.churchcentral.com.