Go on a Ministry Diet

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Istock _000019335453xsmallIt’s that time of year.
Time to take an honest look at your health and body. Time to
resolve to make some changes.

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It may be time to go on a diet. And for people in ministry, it
may be time to go on a ministry diet. Time to cut back on some
things. Time to eliminate some things from the diet entirely.

If you’re ready to resolve to minister healthier, here are a few
diet steps to get you started.

  1. Stop idolizing famous ministry celebrities.
    Listen to other voices. Get some fresh perspectives-from outside
    the predictable, churchy, look-at-me machine.
  2. Reduce your after-hours meetings. They’re
    dulling your senses and killing your personal life.
  3. Drop your tendency to be the designated pray-er at
    every meeting and meal.
    Encourage others to pray. When you
    do all the praying, it sends the subtle message that only eloquent
    professionals can talk with God.
  4. Be careful what you measure. Obsessing over
    attendance and revenue leads to poor health. Instead, weigh your
    effectiveness on the stories of individual life change and
    spiritual growth.
  5. Stop comparing. Forget that other church that
    has bigger attendance, bigger buildings, bigger budgets, and bigger
    staff. Let God use you right where you are, with what he’s given
    you.
  6. Control your compulsion to control. You don’t
    have to do everything-or have everything done your way. Let others
    shine. Even if they don’t do things just as you’d do them.
  7. Talk less. Listen more.
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So, that’s a start. What’s on your list for this year?

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Thom Schultz

Thom Schultz is an eclectic author and the founder of Group Publishing and Lifetree Café. Holy Soup offers innovative approaches to ministry, and challenges the status quo of today’s church.

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