7. Love and Trust Your People. “The whole point of the Christian ministry is to produce love in believers, a love uncontaminated by self-interest” (I Tim 1:5, Our Paraphrase). The apostle is clear. Without sincere love for the flock and in the flock, there is no point to ministry. If we lack love for our people, we can ask God’s Spirit to fill us with His love. (Romans 5:5)
Why Hold Them Back? One key way to love your people is to trust them. You have untapped spiritual gifts out there. Many are leaders in the making. Recognize them, train them, nurture them, turn them loose to the glory of God. You will be grateful for what Holy Spirit does through them even without seminary. Spiritual leaders who give minimal tasks to their people, doing the important ones themselves, diminish Christ’s mission, their own ministry and their people
Value of Seminary. Did you know the church is growing in the lands where there are few seminary-trained professionals, but not where there are many? How many seminaries were there in the first church, the one that turned an empire right side up? I was shocked to find most professors at my renowned seminary never did what they were training me to do. Those who did, however, helped me a lot. Can we continue to leave it to the seminaries alone? If we do we will probably grow…grow extinct.
Reproduce Yourself. “The things you have heard from me… entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT) Paul’s counsel is a leader must train leaders to do all the things he does to take his place.
Jesus did it that way. He never held his disciples back. Even early on He sent them out two by two. When he left them they were ready and they did a mighty fine job, just as he promised: “..those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things.” (John 14:12, GNT)