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Waiting On God To Fulfill His Promise Is The Hard Part Of Following God

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  Waiting on God and His promises has always been hard for me. I would call waiting on God the dreaded part of His promise. For me, if I want something, I wanted it yesterday, not tomorrow, and certainly not later than that.   When I sat down to write this blog post, I asked God to help me. My words were, “Lord, I am tired. I don’t’ have this in me. Could You help me?” I went to a different screen on my computer and Galatians 6:9 was the …

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Journey with Jesus: Walking Through His Word

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My journey with Jesus began twenty-five years ago, over a decade since I walked away from church and Jesus at sixteen. When I returned at twenty-nine, I began reading my Bible again not really understanding what I read. To me the Bible was a true account of something that happened long ago. I guess you could say, I equated the Bible to a History Book. (more…)

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If Only My Husband Knew

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I have been given a wonderful, yet unique and somewhat scary opportunity to speak at a men’s retreat about marriage. I guess you could say they are sending me in to be a voice for their wives. Some how I am supposed to step in to a room full of men and give them something that makes a difference in their marriage and helps them understand their wife. Wow! Is that ever a task!   I am honored they asked and excited that a significant part of their retreat is …

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Do You Need Tips In Ministry Team Building

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Team building is an important aspect of getting started in ministry. The past 10 blogs focused on getting a ministry started whether, a church based ministry or a ministry outside the walls of the church building. My personal experience comes from both dynamics. I served as a volunteer women’s ministry director and as a church staff women’s minister. I also developed a women’s ministry outside the traditional church organization, OnFire Ministries. Either way, I serve churches and women in churches, and I love it!   One common link between a …

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Planning Requires Dreaming, Then You Narrow the Focus

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Narrow the focus is your last step of preparation for your first step of planning in ministry. So far, we covered 8 steps of getting started in ministry and we haven’t even left the starting position. Following these steps plus today’s step gives clarity and confidence as we move forward in getting your ministry started.   Yes, it seems like a lot of preliminary stuff to go through. However,  you will be glad you took the time when you are not floundering with what is the next thing.   In …

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Planning in Ministry Doesn’t Need To Be Boring 

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Planning in ministry can mean a lot of different things. You may be planning an event, your calendar of events for the year, how to move forward in a new direction, and the list goes on. I am a planner so this part of ministry is a natural and necessary thing. It is hard to see how anyone can do ministry without serious planning, but serious planning doesn’t mean boring.   My Favorite Place To Begin When Planning In Ministry Have a dream session! Dream Sessions are a very effective …

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Core Values Connect To Every Stage Of Getting A Ministry Started

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Core Values get down to the heart of your ministry. They show who you are and what matters to you above all else. These basic principles reflect what you believe and help define your purpose. You and I do what we do based on our belief system and how we understand our personal and ministry purpose. Identifying and making known your core values is step number six of this procedure.   The past five steps identified in this blog series: God’s Calling, God’s Commission, and Getting Your Ministry Started Prayer Should Be At Every …

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When Beginning Your Ministry, You Need People, Passion, and Passionate People

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In this blog series, our focus is about getting started in ministry; today, I want to talk about passionate people. I love Jesus and I love being in ministry. Jesus and ministry are both about people. Jesus loves people; therefore, He calls us to ministry to be a reflection of His love.   People are important to us when we are getting started in ministry because people are important to Jesus. He calls people, loves people, and ministers to people through people. Therefore, people must be a key part of our ministry. …

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If You Are Getting Started In Ministry, You Need A Mission Statement

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Mission statements have been a part of my life since God called me and commissioned me. I discovered the need for a mission statement when I led the women’s ministry in my home church fourteen years ago. Eleven years ago I was in the beginning stages of developing OnFire Ministries. Once again I recognized the need for a mission statement because I saw the usefulness, guidance, and focus I found in taking this important step.   Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that …

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Grieving the Holy Spirit of God

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Grieving the Holy Spirit of God is something a true believer never wants to do. Instead we want to honor and please God. While reading the book of Ezekiel in the Bible, I stopped when I read God’s words in Ezekiel 6:9. “I was crushed by their adulterous heart.” These words took the idea of grieving the Holy Spirit to another level. I can understand the earthly reality of an adulterous heart crushing the heart of the one who loves them. However, the thought of God’s heart crushed by the …

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