More Alliance Sites:

Caategories:

Dangers of Riding the Tide

  I recently was in a meeting with a church listening to their reluctance of trying to raise money for a new building. As we discussed the culture of the church and why they were so reluctant, it turned out it was due to right motives – they didn’t want to try and be “big”…

Aug 1, 2017

Douglas Leslie

 

I recently was in a meeting with a church listening to their reluctance of trying to raise money for a new building. As we discussed the culture of the church and why they were so reluctant, it turned out it was due to right motives – they didn’t want to try and be “big” for the sake of being “big”. It was refreshing.

A large push in the western church is the mindset that size reflects success. Although that might be partially true, ministry leaders should be cautious in their push to create a space for themselves at the big table of christian notoriety.

After all, this table may bring good wishes and stature in modern ministry circles, but it does not necessarily reflect a lifestyle that seeks to obey God in relation to their calling. Efficient marketing and social media strategies, cannot replace obedience. You might launch large and make a name for yourself in the community, but are you fulfilling your ministry calling? Are you being obedient first and strategic second? And to be clear, a reversal of these priorities constitutes consumeristic success, but Gospel failure.

It reminds me of a story from a friend when he was experiencing minor success in ministry. Once while he was preparing to walk on to the stage during a glowing introduction at an event, the Holy Spirit he said spoke more plainly than he could remember. “Wouldn’t it be funny,” said the Holy Spirit, “…if the donkey assumed the the procession was for him?!”

Sponsored Content

Not sure which tools to use? Let us help!

7 Easy & Inexpensive Resources For Smaller Ministries

I want to learn about...
Sponsored Content
Latest Insights
Sponsored Content

Douglas Leslie

Douglas Leslie serves as the Founder and President of the Association of Christian Nonprofits, a nationwide membership organization focused on coming alongside local churches and faith-based ministries. In 2001 Doug left the corporate world, moving his family to Phoenix to serve as the Director of Operations for an international missions organization and later as the Executive Director of a grant-making public charity focused on skill training among the world’s poorest peoples. As a former pastor, Doug has a deep love for the local church, believing the church is God’s primary strategy for reaching their local communities and the world’s remaining unreached peoples. Doug lives with his wife and four children in the greater Phoenix area.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top