Some years ago I had the privilege of living next door to a well known Christian leader and communicator. Watching him close up made clear to me how he had had such a significant impact on the world. It was not just his preaching (although he did lots of that). There were five noticeable areas of complementary ministry that are open to all of us. If only more of us would invest our energies in these five areas, it is hard to imagine what could be achieved:
1. Intercessory Prayer – I would hope we all pray for those we minister to, but what about others who God brings across our paths? We could quickly compile a large connection collection – people we can bring to God in prayer on a regular basis. My friend is highly purposeful in this ministry . . . photos on the phone for when he loses a signal on the train (allowing him to pray for people), photo albums, lists. How can the impact of this loving ministry be measured?
2. Deliberate Networking – You may have the same reaction to “professional networkers” that I do, but “humble Kingdom building networkers” . . . that is altogether different. Person X has a passion for a certain area of ministry. Person Y might be the ideal resource person or connection for person X. If you know both, shouldn’t you be introducing them? Like the ingredients of fireworks, sometimes it is about bring certain folks together for explosive impact. I suspect a lot of us preachers have largely untapped networks. Maybe we are not imagining the possibilities? Maybe we want everything to revolve around us? Maybe the greatest ministry impact you will have this year will come from introducing X to Y, or Saul to the believers . . .
3. Funding Conduit – We easily get caught up in the financial needs of our own family and our own church. But there is so much that could happen if funds were released. What if we all wanted to be used in this area? Choose to live on so much, and be diligent in recycling everything else. Hard to imagine how much could be moved on with this approach!
Two more to finish my list next time. Maybe you have more ideas to add . . .