Are you a ministry leader? Pastor? Sunday School teacher? Author? Speaker? If you exist to encourage the body of Christ, then this is for you.
Your ministry – that Sunday school class you teach, book you are writing, single moms support group you are leading – is not your ministry at all. It is God’s ministry. He has given you this group of people to steward for a season. They aren’t your people, your girls, your flock. They are people that God has entrusted you to encourage, empower, and strengthen through his power, not yours.
Since when did ministry become a story of our lives, our abilities, our talents, and not about God’s power?
The realization that you aren’t called to fix anyone, but rather to point people to the One who can, is a freeing thought. When we hold too tightly to the ministry, we lose focus. We can become self-focused, self-righteous, and self-absorbed, rather than servant-minded. Whether you have been called to lead a mega-church or a small women’s Bible study, this truth remains:
God can use a rock. He chose to use you.
Steward this great honor well. Remain humble.
Jennifer Maggio is founder/CEO of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, a global nonprofit committed to seeing no single mom walk alone. She is a wife, mom, author, speaker, and regular girl who has a God-given passion to encourage single mothers and hurting women. For more information, visit www.jennifermaggio.com.
The Life of a Single Mom is a national, faith-based, nonprofit that exists to see that no single mom walks alone. To date, we have worked with more than 1,500 churches & community groups to start or improve a single mom’s support group in cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. We have a large array of books, curriculum, training materials, and online instructional videos to support ministry leaders who lead single moms. Our single mom programs focus on empowering single moms to grow spiritually, emotionally, financially, and parentally through a number of projects including: Single Mom University, Single Moms Across America, the National TLSM Single Moms Conference, and a variety of programs throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.thelifeofasinglemom.com