Things every ministry leader should know – Part 3

The week is more important than the weekend. This may seem a little odd, but it is true. Yes, Sunday is our day of worship. It is a holy day and is very important. Church attendance is a must for continual Christian growth. But, we need more than just Sunday. When we come to church on Sunday we come for several reasons wrapped up in one. We come so that we may fellowship with other believers. We need that time to spend together for encouragement and strength. We also come so we may worship and pray together. There is something special about God’s people gathering together to pray and to worship. We also come so that we may learn God’s Word to be equipped for ministry. All of these things are vitally important to the life of every believer. However, for the most part, we are in church only one day a week. There are still six other days in which we live and work. It is during the week that we face the day-to-day struggles of life. It is during the week when we are most tempted to sin. It is during the week when our faith is put to the test. It is during the week when people are real. This is why the week is more important than the weekend. The best ministry opportunities we have is not in the pulpit or in the Sunday School class, it is through our one on one encounters with people throughout the week. I have found this to be true in my own ministry, The people who I have the most influence on are those that I see during the course of the week and not just on Sunday. It, of course, begins in my home where I have a responsibility to be the spiritual leader of my home. I have also found that those people who I stay in contact with during the week tend to be the most faithful churchgoers. Those who normally do not come to church, I see them coming more often as they get to know me during the week. There are also those that I minister to that have yet to come to church, yet they consider me as their ‘pastor’ and have regular communication with them. In out little village, the social center is the post office. The busiest part of the day at the post office tends to be about mid-morning and especially Saturday’s. So, I purposely go to the post office during those times in order that I may interact with the people of our community. Most of those people do not come to church, but, I believe that often times I have a greater influence on their lives than on those that I see at church each Sunday. Many times the people of our community will ask me to pray for them. Some, at times, have questions concerning spiritual things that opens up the door for me to present the Gospel to them, The point is, we have a greater chance of winning people to Christ throughout our daily lives during the week than we do at church on Sunday. The time that God’s people need the most encouragement is not on Sunday’s when they are in a ‘spiritual mood’, but during the week when they are facing real life trials and circumstances. As ministry leaders we need to understand that our ministry is not just at scheduled times on Sundays and Wednesdays, but it extends to every day of the week, 24/7. This is why we must constantly be aware of those around us and prayerfully look for those opportunities to witness and encourage. So, when it comes to ministry, Sunday is important, but perhaps not as important as every other day where real ministry takes place.

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