Highlight : Three questions to ask in practical ministry

In our own insecurities, we often minimize our impact and relegate it to the experts. But we are empowered to walk alongside each other in weakness and strength because of the Spirit working in us. The same Spirit that lives in a pastor or biblical counselor lives in us – and we can effectively minister if we’re open to His leading.

What does it mean to be a minister of, and in, the Spirit?

Biblical counselor Edward Welch believes that being fruitful and successful in interpersonal ministry doesn’t mean we’re strong, wealthy, and influential. It means we abide in Christ.

Based on John 15, Edward offers a prayer that he prays as a way to refocus his time and energy.

“Lord give me grace to be fruitful in Your name today.”

“Give me grace to see the ordinary people who are fruitful in my own life today.”

“Give me the privilege of being able to say thank you to them.”

It is important that we thank the people who have pointed us to Jesus and encouraged each of us to take the next steps. Identify the people in your life, the ordinary people who exemplify grace in your life and say thank you. This simple response requires vulnerability but can go a long way.

“We have a God who has moved toward us. And so we move toward others.”

Edward suggests a few questions we can use to move toward and encourage others in practical ministry.

What’s in your heart?

How are you?

How can I pray for you?

Helping others with their needs starts with a free admission of our own needs. When we’re open to God’s leading and help, we can freely help others.

Edward Welch is a faculty member at CCEF and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a neuropsychology specialty from the University of Utah. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary.

Key Scriptures: Exodus 2:10; Galatians 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12

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