15
Sep
08

Job or Ministry

CrossPoint’s pre-school minister, Cathy Owen, sent me this very telling test of ministry:
Some people have a job in the church.  Others involve themselves in ministry.

What’s the difference?

If you do it just because no one else will . . . it’s a job!
If you do it to serve God . . . it’s a ministry!

If you quit because someone criticized you . . .  it’s a job!
If you kept on serving in spite of criticism . . . it’s a ministry!

If you will do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other things . . . it’s a job!
If you are committed to staying with it, even when it means letting other things go . . . it’s a ministry!

If you quit because no one ever praised or thanked you . . . it’s a job!
If you stay even though no one notices your efforts . . . it’s a ministry!

If you do it because someone else said it needs to be done . . . it’s a job!
If you do it because you sensed God saying it needs to be done . . . it’s a ministry!

It’s hard to get excited about a job.
It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry!

An average church is filled with people doing jobs!
A great and growing church is filled with people involved in ministry!

This is why CrossPoint believes every member is a minister.

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5 Responses to “Job or Ministry”


  1. 1 GAY
    September 15, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Those are great observations. I have a job but I love my ministries. Some of my ministries aren’t inside the church as all of us have people we interact with that are an outreach of the church. I loved it yesterday when Officer Mac said J. Curlee asked him for 2 years to come. God’s timing took 2 years. We give up too easily after the first time. Good stuff. I am devoted.

  2. 2 Searching
    September 15, 2008 at 8:19 am

    So, at what point in the journey towards maturity does a Christian begin to see every oportunity in life as a mission feild do you think?

  3. 3 Lynne
    September 15, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks! I needed to read this and so does everyone else!

  4. 4 Searching
    September 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

    So this begs the question, Ryan, at what point in one’s spiritual maturity do you think one begins to see everything in life as an opportunity to honor and serve God instead of one’s self? The world exists and we live within it and it is our option in every situation to bring God into it or not. The more we know and understand who God is, the more we long to have him a part of every moment of our lives. Therein every task we undertake becomes a ministry to honor our love for God who loved us first and best. Just another perspective. I do enjoy the issues you address here, Thanks!

  5. September 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Searching, someone’s change in perspective comes when they develop a high view of God. Not every believer has a high or biblical view of God. That is why I continue to say the most important thing about you is your concept of God. One’s concept of God shapes they way they view life, and ministry.


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