Ministry Minute Blog

What I learned from Seinfeld

Seinfeld is the best American television program ever. I know that there is no objective way to determine the quality or inherent “goodness” of one show over another, but I have maintained for the last 20 years or so that this statement is true. In fact, I think that...

Quiet Rachel’s Journey to Ministry

For several years I have been involved in leading mission teams to various parts of the world. From 1999 until 2006 I was leading groups of teens to Jamaica as a tool to develop leadership among the young people. We spoke in school assemblies, led Vacation Bible...

Peter & Sanctifying Grace

When I think about Sanctifying Grace, the name that immediately comes to mind is Simon Peter. First of all, God was at work in Peter’s life even before Peter was aware of God’s work. It was Peter’s brother Andrew who had begun to follow Jesus and then invited his...

Prossy

2013. It was an interesting year. For me at least. It was during the fall of 2013 that I took my first trip to Africa as a director of Kuandaa International, our non-profit mission organization. I didn’t really know what to expect. Although I had done my research, and...

What God’s Voice Sounds Like to Me

I have never heard God’s voice speak to me. I have never seen him. I don’t really know what it is like to have a vision. I have never known God’s presence in a physical way. But I have known- and I still know- God in ways that are more intimate than relationships I...

Shannon – Prevenient Grace

She didn’t like me at all… at first. After I graduated from college, I took my first real job immediately. I was hired as a youth pastor at a small church in a small town in Indiana. There was nothing special about this situation, except, I was really sad. You see,...

What I learned from ‘Deadheads’

I had a reputation as a sort of “goody two shoes.” First of all, I grew up as a church boy. My family not only went to church on Sunday mornings, but we also attended on Sunday evening and went to Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Sometimes we had services on other...

Guest Post: Pastor as a Shepherd

By Barry Humble In the fourth chapter of Ephesians, Paul outlines the various leadership roles in the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  While it is true that today in some churches those roles have been blended, the scripture indicated...

Spiritual Gift of Healing

By Chad Yoder The Gift of Healing“...to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit...” 1 Corinthians 12:9In the New Testament, the gifts of healing abound. Jesus himself healed 31 individuals and there are at least 20 references to mass healings through the four...

Gifts of Teaching

By Jordan Brooks Most people at some point in their lifetime will spend some amount of time within a classroom to learn about something they couldn’t figure out on their own. I’m sure that most of us can think of a person who was gifted at teaching, and also some who...

Gifts of Faith

First of all, let’s clear up some of the basics. Everyone has some faith. It is inherent within every human. God puts faith in us as a part of our makeup. We would not be human without faith. (This may be the one issue that does truly distinguish us from the animals.)...