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5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

In the Bourne series, the assassins (who are the central characters) are referred to by their controlling agency merely as "assets." Sometimes I fear that within Christian ministry, we fall into the terrible habit of treating people as assets - instruments to help us get ministry done successfully rather than people with souls. One of the values I remind myself of often is that people are not a means for getting ministry done. People are the ministry. And those who volunteer …

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How To Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Every believer in Jesus has been granted abilities that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are all born with various talents, but spiritual gifts are given to us when we become a Christian. The seeds of those gifts are often evident from birth, but the Holy Spirit empowers believers for ministry in supernatural ways. In one sense, spiritual gifts are overrated. What I mean is that we often fail to examine the other aspects of how God has shaped us for His purposes. He …

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7 Promises We Should Make (and Keep) to Volunteers

We pastors often struggle to ask people to give their time and talent to Jesus. Perhaps we've been rejected before and don't like to hear someone say "no." Perhaps we don't like volunteering ourselves and we transfer our own rebellious attitudes to others. Or perhaps we know, when we make "the big ask," that we're going to exhaust another servant. If the latter is true, we need to change our volunteer culture. Creating an environment in which people will gladly and readily …

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