Passion Or Need?

Which Ministry To Choose

There are so many ways to use your time and talents for God, so where do you begin? Sometimes a church has a vacant position that needs to be filled, but those positions don’t always match up with your giftedness or desire. So what do you do?

In my opinion, passion almost always outweighs need. It’s usually a mistake to get involved in a ministry because there is a need. When people engage in a ministry that they are not passionate about just because “it needs to be done,” the following dynamics occur:

  • The one doing the ministry becomes frustrated. He or she serves out of guilt or obligation, which are not as powerful motivating factors as love.
  • The task is not accomplished well.
  • People passionate about that particular ministry who might otherwise lead it are not given the opportunity.
  • Changes in ministry cannot occur. Churches occasionally get in the habit of continuing uninteresting and irrelevant ministries because “we’ve always done it that way.” When an opening occurs, the positions are automatically filled with new dispassionate people. Perhaps it’s time to ask if a ministry has run its course, or at least if the same purposes can be accomplished in new ways. When the horse is dead, dismount!

Gifts for Salvation [Podcast]

Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts - Part 5

God has given people to His church who easily and effectively tell others about Jesus Christ and teach God’s people to do the same. In the fifth message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores four of these gifts used in the 1st century: tongues, miracles, evangelism, and missions.

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Gifts for Strengthening [Podcast]

Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts - Part 4

God has given people to His church who build deep relationships with others and express God’s love through that relationship. In the fourth message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of encouragement, music, healing, and mercy.

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Gifts for Service [Podcast]

Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts - Part 3

God has given people to His church that can meet the needs of others in meaningful and life giving ways. In the third message in the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of craftsmanship, giving, helping, and hospitality.

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Gifts for Shepherding [Podcast]

Gifted to Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts - Part 2

God has given people to His church who serve in visible places of leadership where they can influence others. In the second message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the ministries of apostleship, prophesy, leadership/administration, and pastor-teacher.

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What Are Spiritual Gifts? [Podcast]

Gifted to Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts - Part 1

Are spiritual gifts special abilities that God gives us on the day we receive Christ? That’s the popular view, but is it what the Bible actually teaches? In the first message from the series “Gifted To Serve: Biblical Answers About Spiritual Gifts,” Dr. David Rhoades challenges conventional thinking about the subject.

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