Russell Smidt shared over at Matthias Media’s GoThereFor.com eight ways training others in ministry has helped him grow as a pastor:
- A ministry training philosophy (Eph 4) reminds me that my church is really Jesus’ church. It grows and matures because of him. So, as I invest in others to serve in Jesus’ church, I’m reminded that I’m replaceable.
- A commitment to ministry training keeps me looking for the next generation of gospel workers that God is raising up to serve in his church, enabling growth.
- Being a ministry trainer exposes me to working in a ministry team. It also takes away some of the loneliness of gospel ministry.
- Ministry trainees keep me purposefully thinking about why I do what I do in ministry.
- Trying to be intentional about ministry training means I have to plan ahead to create opportunities for others to serve.
- The more intentional I am about ministry training, the more opportunities I start to see for others to serve in ministry.
- Inviting someone else to walk alongside and learn from me exposes my life to them. That vulnerable sharing of my life is good for my godliness.
- Seeing someone else have a go and grow in ministry spurs me on to keep serving Jesus and his people.