Do what you love.
You might think this advice seems rather worldy. As Christians, we are used to serving where we are needed and giving of ourselves, even when we don’t want to. However, I believe the most impactful ministry can flow out of the activities you already enjoy. We are busy, so why do we complicate ministry by adding activities to our packed schedules? I’d like to challenge you to consider an area of your life that could be transformed into a ministry.
Let me give you an example. During our third church plant, I spent a lot of time with my two daughters at the park, so I started a park ministry. I didn’t do this on my own. I did it with the help of the other pastor’s wives who also had small children. We called it Play & Chat. Guess what we did together? We watched our kids play, and we talked. Simple, right? It was simple, but it was one of the most fruitful ministries I have been a part of to date. We talked to everyone we met. Other moms at the playground wanted to join us each week. As a result, we had several ministry opportunities. We invited these women to church events, we prayed for them, and our children had fun.
Here are some of the things to consider if you want to turn a branch of your life into a ministry:
- Am I willing to do this on a regular basis?
- Would this new ministry allow me to get out into the world so I could meet new people?
- Could I write a schedule so this new ministry fits into my life in a natural way?
- Is there someone who would be willing to lead this ministry with me?
- Do I have the resources I need to keep this ministry going long term?
- Will this be a ministry my church is proud to call their own?
- Would I be willing to invite the people who join us to church and other church related events?
If you can answer, “Yes,” to most of these questions, I think you might have a ministry that will be a natural extension of your life. You will be able to minister to people who might not walk through the doors of your church.
Even though my girls are older and I’m not planning to start another Play & Chat group, I might do a bicycling group, jewelry making group, or a writing group. Do you find yourself at the soccer or baseball fields day after day? Find a way to serve the families who sit beside you on the benches. Have fun turning your existing passions into opportunities to do God’s work!
Let us know how you’ve turned something into your life into a ministry opportunity. We’d love to hear about it!
Bless you, and all of your sacrifice and hard work to win the lost to Christ. Your work does not go unnoticed by our Savior!