You may not be on paid staff so you don't think you have a “ministry.” But every Christian has a ministry. “We each have a purpose within the body of Christ,” Wainwright writes. She reminds us, “we are called to serve others in love so that God may be glorified.” (4)
She helps us define our ministry, seeking His direction, reminding us that our hearts must be open to God's daily working in us. She writes about the investment required (time, talents, money, rest) and what we are working for.
I really appreciate her emphasis on loving people. This may be the most difficult aspect of ministry but seeing lives changed by the gospel is a great result. She has an entire chapter devoted to loving people well.
Having a fruitful, God glorifying ministry means we must remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leadership. We must trust His leading as we take steps on our ministry journey.
I appreciated Wainwright's encouragement for us to be willing to get it wrong. We must move beyond our fear of failure. We take each step, remaining in intimate relationship with the Lord, in His Word, and in fellowship with others. There is lots of encouraging and instructive Scripture included too.
There is a section on making a ministry plan and tips on planning. She has suggestions for finding people to work with us, making evaluations, and much more.
This is a great little book for every Christian to help identify their ministry, make some plans, and begin moving forward.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Tracy Wainwright is a wife and mother of four. She is a speaker with Stonecroft Ministries and directs The Abundant Life Conference for Women. You can find out more at http://www.tracywainwright.com/.
TLC Wainwright Publishing, 67 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author for the purpose of an independent and honest review.