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Striving For Excellence In Ministry D11 – Discover Your Passion: What Are Your Secret Talents?

October 10, 2014 4 comments

Ignite Your Passion

What talents are hiding within you?

Many people have grown up believing they didn’t have anything special or unique to add to the world. Perhaps they came from mediocre surroundings or had no encouragement for their gifts so they went unrecognized. Or maybe they repressed their talents because they felt ashamed. Whatever the reason, it was all too easy to believe their talents and passions were not worth pursuing.

Everyone Has Talent

A great number of people are wandering around with the belief that they aren’t all that interesting when it comes to their spiritual and natural gifts. But we all have been gifted by God with more talent than we think we have.

Be Realistic

We shouldn’t delude ourselves and believe we can do all things. We need to be realistic about what we can accomplish but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try new things or take classes to learn something new. However, we can do “all things” that we have been spiritually empowered to do.

* If you’ve always wanted to be a Broadway actor, audition for a local community theater group. Many people can fulfill their passion on a smaller, local level.

* You might decorate beautiful children’s birthday cakes, but should you attempt to decorate your niece’s wedding cake? Be realistic about your skills and how much time it will take but feel free to take some extra classes or find a mentor in the field who can help you.

Discovering Your True Passion

Many people go through life with interests that are never truly nurture and enjoy because they are too concerned about what others think. Of course, that’s no way to live!

Finding your passion is an important part of self-discovery. You will be a happier, more balanced individual when you find and develop your passions. Your whole life will change before your eyes!

Finding Your Passion

You may think that finding your passion is easier said than done, and it is for many people. However, you can find your passion in two easy steps:

  1. Set your mind to finding your passion. Once you focus on your pursuit of passion, your mind will be attuned to anything that will contribute to the fulfillment of it.

2.  Use an effective mind tool. There is a well-known tool you can use to help you along the way if you are afraid to branch out and follow your dreams. You can also use this tool to keep going down the right path to find what you are interested in. What is this handy tool? It’s embracing your passion through faith confessions and faith affirmations!

* Faith confessions and affirmations can help you push through your self-doubts and help lead you to a more passionate life based on the Word of God and an authentic trust in God.

* A faith confession is a statement of agreement with God’s Word independent of natural circumstances, situations and conditions.

Passion is power! You will never have significant success in ministry or with anything until it becomes a godly obsession with you. A godly obsession is when something consumes your thoughts and time according the Word of God and His will for your life.

Scriptures to Encourage Your Passion

Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10(a) – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;”

Matthews 7:7-8 -““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D10- Your Ministry Business Portfolio

October 9, 2014 4 comments

Royal Exchange

What is a Ministry Portfolio?

A Ministry Portfolio is a packet of information that will tell others who you are, where you have been, and what you have done. A Portfolio may include items such as your resume, cover letter, ministry vision statement, personal photos, statement of faith, examples of services, events or products, and more.

Why a Ministry Portfolio?

A Ministry Portfolio is important for several reasons:

First, a quality portfolio will immediately communicate that you are a pursuer of greater works. By providing a neat, cohesive package about yourself and your experience, you are telling others that you have initiative and organization.

Second, your portfolio will tell others that you are a person of purpose with a well-defined vision, a theological position, and a set of goals. These strong leadership qualities will speak volumes.

Third, your portfolio makes it easy find out about you. By laying out yourself, your work, your experience, etc., you become more attractive to those who need your leadership/ministry skills.

Finally, your portfolio allows you to have a prepared first impression. A person’s first in-depth experience with you will be what they see in your portfolio, which you will have spent hours preparing and perfecting.

Remember, first impressions are lasting. If needed, hire a professional to help you present yourself in a more excellence way.

Striving For Excellence in Ministry D8 – Affirmation for Commitment Follow Through

October 7, 2014 4 comments

Commitment Handshake

I follow through with commitments.

One of the keys to the successes in my life is the ability to confidently state that I can do something and then follow through with it. I simply say what I can do and then do it – there are no “ifs, ands or buts” about it.

I follow through with commitments because I want people to see that my word is genuine.

It is a wonderful feeling to know that others can depend on me. They count on me to keep my promises and so I do.

One thing that helps me keep my commitments is my commitment to prayer and daily managing my time well. I keep an accurate schedule and leave plenty of room for necessary changes.

When I see that my time may be too rushed in trying to complete a task for someone, I refrain from committing to it.

My friends, family, congregation members, and work associates respect me for my honesty.

I am respecting them when I am honest from the outset, and they are grateful for it. They also know that when I do commit to something, it is for real and they can count on it being done.

Today, I plan to take time to ensure my planner is accurate in the listings for my upcoming schedule, since I depend on it so heavily when deciding if I can commit to something. With an accurate schedule, I can make accurate commitments and follow through on them every time.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I follow through with my commitments?
2. How important is it to me to be dependable?
3. How do I feel when others follow through on a commitment to me? How do I feel when they don’t follow through?

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