The Myth Of Full Time Ministry
Many of you are waiting for the call that will allow you to quit your secular job and become a full-time minister. For centuries, the gold standard for the believer has been to hold a title or position on staff at an established church. We’ve had it pounded into our heads for years that we’re not important to God unless we’re in full time ministry. Many of us feel like our destiny will not be fulfilled or our identity confirmed until the day we come on staff “full-time’ at a church.
With no disrespect to those who are on staff at established churches, I would like to sincerely state that nothing could be further from the truth.
Your validation as a believer has nothing to do with whether you work a secular job or you receive tithes & offerings at a church.
Your identity is not established by being ordained or speaking from a podium on Sunday morning.
Your contribution to the advancement of God’s kingdom is not a matter of holding a title or being on staff at a church. Full time ministry is simply a matter of letting Jesus live His life through you every day – no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
If you love on people at work, pray for their healing before bed, encourage them while driving them through town, give them a prophetic word while making their coffee, or write a testimony on your Facebook page about something God did, you are in full time ministry.
Don’t be misled by titles. Leadership is not a matter of having a title, receiving a paycheck from a church, having a website, or earning a college degree. Leadership is nothing more than influence. If your life influences others (for good or bad) you are leader, whether you know it or not. Many of you are leaders, simply because you encourage people every day. Encouragement is one of the most powerful forms of leadership.
Whether you write, paint, bake, sing, dance, tell jokes, drive a truck, coach soccer, encourage, or anything else – if you do it as an act of service to the Lord, you are a serving God in full-time ministry. You are a leader.