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Following Jesus’ examples in ministry

When Jesus began His public ministry on earth, He demonstrated how we are to follow His humble heart of service with many examples and testimonies. Praise God that all ministry workers, both volunteer or full time, can learn directly from the world’s perfect High Priest. We reflect Jesus’ heart best...

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Choose what you are stubborn about

Stubborn people who are headstrong, wilful and inflexible are unpleasant to be around. But there is a type of stubbornness that’s vital for believers of Jesus Christ. God is stubbornly faithful and steadfast in His love for us, and we need to be stubbornly loyal to Him and His commandments...

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Sharpening our spiritual gifts

Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. He equips every believer with spirituals gifts so that we are able to continue His critical mission to reconcile the lost and hurting to Him. Let us actively sharpen our gifts, and not squander them, or worse, use them against God’s will....

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Staying healthy when serving others in ministry

Serving others tests the purity of our hearts – and if we are truly serving others because we love God. The Bible says that if our hearts are pure and pleasing to God, we will produce good fruit. How can we ensure we serve others with the right attitude?   Colossians...

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Mistakes to avoid when serving in ministry

Jesus put aside His great power, privileges and dignity in order to come and serve us. During His time on earth, He faced various temptations and trials. Similarly, we can expect tests and conflict when we serve in Christian ministry. There are some common mistakes we can avoid when we...

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Healthy Christian fellowship groups

Healthy Christian fellowships provide safe places for believers to gather regularly and grow in their personal relationships with God. Some communities emphasise Bible study while others are activity based. Whatever the case, the best groups are ones where participants feel safe to be challenged in their faith and will lovingly...

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Cleansing self

After ministering to or praying for others, people may sometimes feel that things aren’t back to “normal”. There may be unexplained body pains, emotional changes, temptations or odd events, which occurred almost too coincidentally afterwards. Just as we shower to clean ourselves after a day of work, it is good to also...

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When to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when serving others

It is not always the tough times that leave us fatigued, but when we seem to be doing lots of good things. In serving others, we are not meant to become “spiritually unwell”. How do we end up in such unhealthy situations, and how do we come out of them graciously?...

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Important steps in spiritual growth

In healthy Christian mentoring relationships, we will cover almost every aspect of a person’s life. It is perfectly normal not to feel equipped to address every issue or question. Mentors can still encourage others along their different stages of spiritual growth.   1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV  Therefore encourage one another and...

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What a healthy discussion about sin looks like

Turning away from one’s sinful ways is a matter of the heart, rather than the head. So a heart-to-heart discussion about sin with a mentee is best done in love. The conviction of the heart is much more effective than a factual legalistic discussion when it comes to change.  ...

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How to address a mentee’s deep personal struggles

There are Christians who struggle with addictions, fears, self-doubt, anxieties, resentments, mistrust, explosive anger or depression – perhaps for years. It can be discouraging to mentor someone with such deep personal struggles. It would be wrong, however, to give up on them. The Holy Spirit has the power to heal and...

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How to encourage someone to serve or lead

We are all called to be in the ministry of reconciling people to God. Can we picture our mentee hosting a fellowship group, running a prayer roster, facilitating a Bible study or mentoring someone else? It is imperative that those we mentor step up to serve and lead God’s ministries.   2...

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Church staff

If you have ever been discouraged in your Christian walk, consider how our church staff and volunteers must sometimes struggle too. What an impact it would have on hundreds, if not thousands of people, in their ministries. Let’s not neglect to pray for our pastors, elders, deacons, bible study leaders, speakers, church...

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How to avoid burn-out as a mentor

The Bible promises us that when we hope in the Lord, we will run and not grow weary. If mentors burn-out and no longer serve our Father in Heaven with joy and focus, then we need to ask ourselves if we’re giving ourselves enough rest – or if our issues...

How to help a mentee through spiritual stagnation

Sometimes, we hear people say, “I feel spiritually dry”. There are many possible reasons for spiritual stagnation. We could have hit a “spiritual roadblock” that causes us to stumble. There may be areas of unrepented sins in our lives. Other times, we simply neglect to invest in our spiritual health.  ...

How to encourage someone to rely on God first

When someone turns to us for advice, we need to be careful not to give any. If we cannot predict what will happen in the next 36 hours, how can we be sure that we know the best way forward? Only God has all the answers.   Psalm 147:5 Great...

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How to encourage someone who’s disheartened

We have all been discouraged or disheartened in our Christian walk at one time or another. When a mentee approaches us for encouragement, it is a great opportunity to show them how they can seek God for their answers in any circumstance. Ultimately, a firm hope and trust in God...

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Why mentors need attitude checks

Mentoring is never about us. It’s not our skills or our success in getting others to “perform” to our expectations. It’s about pointing others towards God Almighty for all the issues and in all the areas of their lives and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives. As...

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Important mentoring principles: TIPS

TIPS is an acronym for mentors who are Transparent, Intentional, Praying and Strategic. It is an easy way to remember four important mentoring principles.    1. Transparent Mentors should be prepared to be transparent and vulnerable with other people. Sharing some of our own deepest struggles and triumphs in Christ will...

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Who shouldn’t mentor?

No one is perfect and neither are mentors. As role models, however, mentors should uphold certain qualities. Because of the impact we can have on other people’s lives, it is wise to uphold a few practical and godly conditions for mentoring.   1 Timothy 3: 2-4, 7 Now the overseer is...