Church, Spiritual Formation

Re-post: 10 Ways Not to Shipwreck Your Faith

This is a repost from “Thoughts on life, Leadership and Technology

If you work or volunteer on a church ministry team, you are not immune to the spiritual dangers that others face. In fact, probably just the oppposite – you are even MORE AT RISK! There are many stories of well known ministry (and even secular) leaders who have suffered from public moral failures. We need to always be on guard – don’t become “lion food” (1 Peter 5:8).

Earlier this past week, Geoff Surratt (@GeoffSurratt) spoke at the All-Staff Meeting for Seacoast Church. He outlined 10 steps all ministry leaders need to do to help prevent a shipwrecked life. I’ve summarized them below, but I encourage you to watch the session for yourself (watch on vimeo ).

Seacoast Church; All Staff, Geoff Surratt from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

  • Attend a church service!
    You need to experience corporate worship and hear the Word of God preached. Just because you work at a church doesn’t mean you don’t need the weekend experience.
  • You need to be in a Small Group
    * They are not just for “those people”, they are for you! 
    * They are messy and that is where you can grow
  • Prioritize personal Worship
    * Not the ‘professional’ stuff, but the personal 1 on 1 thing
    * For staff, this happens outside your ‘work time’
    * How are you connecting with God?
  • Grow your faith
    * Are you growing or just in a comfy zone?
  • Give generously
    * Shows obedience
    * Clubs the selfish demon
    * Opens the door to God’s provision
  • Nurture your family
    * Ministry will destroy your family if you let it
    * It doesn’t have to be that way, but you have to stay on top of it
    * You need nights were church doesn’t enter the conversation
  • Participate in a mission
    * God opens you up in a unique way
    * Could be local or foreign, but must be outside your ‘normal job’
  • Volunteer outside your ministry
    * Our nature is to focus on the area we get paid to be responsible for
    * You need to do what we expect others to do, work full time, but still have an area where you volunteer to serve.
  • Forgive Quickly
    * You work with flawed jerks, just like the rest of the world
    * The church (and the staff) is not perfect, you need to learn to forgive
  • Believe the Best
    * Your coworkers are not here for selfish reasons
    * They (like you) have good motives, give them a break
    * They did what they did because they thought it was best. Sure they might have been mistaken, but assume the best about them, not the worst.
  • Author: Steve

    Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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