Person Over Program

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As leaders and pastors, many of us are involved in growth programs in our various ministries.Whether you pastor a church or lead a small group, it is critically important to have a plan of action for the growth of your ministry. However, it is a serious error to place the program above the person. You, as the person, must take priority over the program. Your program will only be as successful as you are. Your program will only be as successful as your relationship with Christ. If you make personal growth your priority, church growth will happen out of the excess of what is happening in your own life. Your life will be the example to the people you lead. You will be a living testimony. You will have a story to tell.

It is so much easier to lead people if there is a surplus of energy, ideas and anointing in your own life. Take the time to make personal growth a priority. A Plan of action for personal growth is just as important as a plan of action for church growth.

Three must do’s for Personal Growth:

1. Get in God’s Presence.

When the Old Testament priest went beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies he was literally stepping into the presence of God. It was there that God communed with him and spoke to him everything he needed to hear.

Exodus 25:22

22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

It is a good thing to talk to God every day, but it sure is a lot better when God talks back to me. That is what happens every time I get in His presence. God speaks to me. God communes with me. God tells me everything I need to hear. I must have the voice of God in my life. If I have God’s voice in my life, people hear God’s voice from me.

In God’s presence we grow our person. The presence of God is where we find God’s will, God’s anointing and God’s voice. If you have those three things in your life, people will follow you. Make the time to get in God’s presence every day.

2. Get a life.

Every person in ministry needs a life outside of church. We need to get outside of the walls of the church. There are a couple of reasons for this; First of all, you can’t personally win anybody to Christ if you have no life outside of church.

Jesus was very good at building relationships with unbelievers;

Matt 9:11-12

11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

The reason Jesus built relationships with publicans and sinners was because they needed Him. The people outside of our walls need us more than the people inside our walls. We need to build relationships with the unsaved in our communities. This is how we win the lost.

Secondly, your life needs to be interesting. The reason our messages or ministries lack impact is because they are not interesting and the reason they are not interesting is because we are not interesting. Take the time to get a life outside of church. Do something different. Get a new hobby. Join a softball league. Go build an orphanage in Africa. Start a soup kitchen for the homeless. Get a life.

3. Grow Your Mind.

We all need days where there is nothing on our schedules. We need days to get away so we can read or write all day long. We need time away from our hectic schedules so we can rest and dream. We need the freedom to stretch our imaginations and grow our minds. Schedule some days off. Take a vacation. Take a sabbatical. Jesus made it a regular practice to get away from the people He ministered to;

Mark 6:31

31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

If you can’t find the time to get away, your vision and creativity will be stifled and your ability to lead will be greatly diminished.

If you are able to, go back to school and continue your education. You have always wanted to anyways, so do go ahead and do it. Grow your mind.

One Response to “Person Over Program”

  1. Divina Favero Says:
    April 20th, 2012 at 3:25 am

    You are my inhalation, I possess few web logs and rarely run out from brand :) . “No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.” by W. H. Auden.

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