Guidelines for Ministry
Below are some things that Teri and I wrote out several years ago as we prepared to come to Ireland to do ministry. I am not sure what prompted it or where all the ideas came from, but I think that many of them would be good for us to live by now in our ministries:
- We must remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but that we are fighting a spiritual battle.
- We will not allow circumstances, other people, or our feelings to take away the joy and peace that Jesus gives. We will live by truth, principle, not emotion.
- We will strive to spend time each day in God’s Word and pray.
- We will love the people with all of our hearts, even when they are unlovely.
- We must realise that God is the one who brings the results. If we are faithful, God will make us fruitful.
- We will labor more abundantly than they all.
- We will be willing to pay any price God would require, even our own lives.
- We will stay away from strange men and women and will never be alone with someone of the opposite sex.
- We will remain humble, so God can use us.
- We will forgive wrongs as soon as they occur.
- We will help anybody and everybody to further the kingdom of God and not our own.
- We will train men, as Jesus Christ did.
- We will cast a vision (example: David’s mighty men, 12 tribes going into Canaan).
- We will be team players.
- We will keep a teachable spirit and never stop learning and continue to ask questions.
- We will make Irish people a success.
- We will not try to make the Irish people Americans but Christians.
- We will remember that tears produce joy.
- We will place a high priority on our marriage and family relationship.
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