In the business world, most overnight successes are years in the making. Usually, there are many years of seemingly fruitless effort and preparation before a stroke of genius happens. The ministry is similar. Any lasting and effective ministry that is changing lives and making a big impact takes years and years of often mundane and difficult work. Someone has to have the vision…

  “The ministry would be great if it weren’t for the people!” This is a sentiment that is occasionally thought or said (usually in a half-joking manner) by some people in the ministry. Though it may be said tongue-in-cheek, it expresses a real barrier to effective ministry. The ministry is people – we don’t minster to building, cities, or places; we…