20 Powerful Jim Elliot Quotes

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Although today a known name in much of western Christendom, Jim Elliot was not well known during his life. He grew up in a Plymouth Brethren church and attended Wheaton College before following God’s call to reach Quechua Indians of Ecuador with the Gospel. The thing he is most well known for in his life is the incredible passion he had for the lost. This passion ultimately led to his death by spear from the hand of those he sought to save.

Although Jim Elliot and the other martyred missionaries’ lives had ended as martyrs, the work of God in the Quechua Indians of Ecuador had just begun. Through the Christian witness of determined missionaries, including Elliot’s wife, the entire village he so desperately sought to reach was transformed for Christ.

Many of his journal writings were published by his wife Elizabeth after his death in In The Shadow of the Almighty (Jim Elliot’s biography) and The Journals of Jim Elliot.

Here are some of Jim Elliot’s most beloved quotes:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
― Jim Elliot

“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
― Jim Elliot

“Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.”
― Jim Elliot

“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”
― Jim Elliot

“God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him.”
― Jim Elliot

“Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.”
― Jim Elliot

“Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!”― Jim Elliot

“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.”― Jim Elliot

“Lord, make my way prosperous not that I achieve high station, but that my life be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.”― Jim Elliot

“Dreams are tawdry when compared with the leading of God, and not worthy of the aura of wonder we usually surround them with. God only doeth wonders. He does nothing else. His hand can work nothing less.”― Jim Elliot

“It makes me boil when I think of the power we profess and the utter impotency of our action. Believers who know one-tenth as much as we do are doing one-hundred times more for God, with His blessing and our criticism. Oh if I could write it, preach it, say it, paint it, anything at all, if only God’s power would become known among us.”― Jim Elliot

“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”― Jim Elliot

“If we are the sheep of His pasture, remember that sheep are headed for the altar.”― Jim Elliot

“We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are “harmless,” and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are “sideliners” — coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!”― Jim Elliot

“I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!”― Jim Elliot

“Surely those who know the great passionate heart of Jehovah must deny their own loves to share in the expression of His. Consider the call from the Throne above, “Go ye,” and from round about, “Come over and help us,” and even the call from the damned souls below, “Send Lazarus to my brothers, that they come not to this place.” Impelled, then, by these voices, I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. So what if the well-fed church in the homeland needs stirring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the Prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers. American believers have sold their lives to the service of Mammon, and God has His rightful way of dealing with those who succumb to the spirit of Laodicea.”― Jim Elliot

“I pray that the Lord might crown this year with His goodness and in the coming one give you a hallowed dare-devil spirit in lifting the biting sword of Truth, consuming you with a passion that is called by the cultured citizen of Christendom ‘fanaticism’, but known to God as that saintly madness that led His Son through bloody sweat and hot tears to agony on a rude Cross—and Glory!”― Jim Elliot

“I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.”
― Jim Elliot

“The shiny paint laid on by curiosity’s hand has worn off. What thing better can a man know than the love of Christ, which passes knowledge?”― Jim Elliot

“When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.”
― Jim Elliot

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TNT Results: 2nd Generation Pastoral Training in Honduras

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One of the goals of the Training National Trainer Program is for those trained to go and train others, following Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2 to take what they have been taught and go and “entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Time and time again we hear of “Second Generation” TNT Groups (that is, trainees starting their own training sessions with others in their country) springing up all over the world.

Recently, one of our Honduras TNTers led his own second generation group in his home country of Honduras. The man pictured below teaching is that TNTer named Pedro Segundo. The ironic part is that the surname Segundo means “Second” in Spanish–which is the perfect name for a man leading a 2nd Generation TNT Group!

Below are some pictures taken at the training session. Praise God for using His Word to transform ministers in Honduras and all around the world!

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Christian Ministry Burnout: Prevention, Signs, Statistics, and Recovery

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What is Ministry Burnout?

In Finishing Well in Life & Ministry, Bill Mills & Craig Parro define burnout this way,

The point at which a pastor, church leader, or missionary gives up, unable or unwilling to continue in the ministry.¹

The daily pressures of ministry can sometimes overwhelm a Christian leader and leave them feeling worn out  and without energy to carry on. With the pressures of ministerial leadership, all Christian workers are susceptible to burnout. This is true across the board for pastoral ministry, music ministry, media ministry, and youth ministry.

A Few Signs and Symptoms of Burnout in Ministry

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Insufficient sleep and rest
  • Spiritual dryness
  • Loss of motivation for ministry
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Susceptibility to temptation
  • Disengaged and a lack of love with those you serve

Types of Burnout

Burnout can be experienced in a variety of ways. Because our bodies, souls, minds, and spirits are integrated parts of a greater whole, the following types of burnout often come together and have a compounding effect on each other:

  • Physical burnout can be triggered by a lack of exercise, physical effects of stress and sleeplessness. The overloaded schedule and stressful lives of many pastors drive them to forget exercise, eat unhealthy foods, and sleep less. When speaking on burnout from ministry, John Piper said, “Nothing brought me closer to quitting than sleeplessness.”² If left unchecked, physical burnout can cause a weakened immune system, aches and pains, a change in appetite, and feeling tired all the time.
  • Relational burnout is related to emotional burnout and can be caused by strained relationships with other church leaders and patrons. Day-after-day interactions with energy draining people make the role of a pastor or ministry leader unusually susceptible for this type of burnout. Physical exhaustion and drama between church members can make pastors isolate themselves to get a break from relationships that drain their energy.
  • Emotional burnout can be felt when a shepherd feels that they have no one to shepherd them. This type of burnout can wreak havoc on a minister’s marriage family life due to the feelings of isolation common in ministry. Emotional burnout can numb your ability have normal emotions and have a sense of failure and self-doubt.
  • Spiritual burnout felt when pastors neglect their own spiritual lives while trying to pour into the lives of others. Many pastors do not have anybody pouring into their lives and do not seek the life and strength of God for spiritual refreshment. If you don’t desire to encounter God through prayer or Scripture reading, you may be suffering from spiritual burnout!

Ministry Burnout Statistics¹³

  • 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches
  • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors
  • 50% are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living
  • 70% said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons
  • Almost 40% polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry
  • 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years
  • 90% of pastors said their seminary or Bible school training did only a fair to poor job preparing them for ministry
  • Pastors are 35% more likely to be terminated if they work less than 50 hours weekly
  • 80% of pastors believe their ministry negatively affects their families
  • 80% of pastors say they do not have sufficient time to spend with their spouse
  • 55% of pastors receive support and accountability from a small group
  • 45.5% of pastors have experienced burnout/depression and had to take a break from ministry
  • 57% of pastors do not have a regularly scheduled and implemented exercise routine

Burnout Prevention and Recovery Tips

Thom Rainer recently surveyed a group of pastors who had experienced burnout or symptoms of burnout. He asked what helped them avoid burnout and rebound from the dark feelings associated with burnout. The results shared twelve typical responses, shown below from most common to least:4

  1. Spend more time in prayer and the Word
  2. Regain lost vision for ministry
  3. Stop comparing yourself to others
  4. Develop relationships with non-Christians
  5. Focus on the positive
  6. Have fun
  7. Cut off draining relationships
  8. Express gratitude
  9. Do activities that energize you
  10. Get in better physical shape
  11. Commit to have the spirit of a servant
  12. Pray for your community

Like any sickness or condition, ministry burnout is easier to prevent than to treat. Realigning your life and ministry to follow the twelve above ideas will greatly help you persevere and feel refreshed. Another option that will refresh your heart and strengthen your handling of the Scriptures is the Fellowship of the Word program, which is a fellowship of pastors centered around God’s Word. Learn more about fellowship opportunities by visiting our Fellowship of the Word FAQ page.

Scriptures to Meditate on to Remedy Burnout

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
2 Corinthians 4:1

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:1-5

…but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
Matthew 14:13

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
Psalm 46:1-3

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
James 4:10

Ministry Burnout Book and Resource Recommendation:

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Finishing Well in Life & Ministry by Bill Mills & Craig Parro (buy on Amazon)

Burnout is inevitable. Apart from the sustaining presence of God, the pressures of ministry are more than any man or woman can bear. Learn from Elijah, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul and the Lord Jesus. This book will help you, so that, like Jesus, you will be able to declare to the Father, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”

278 pages
Also available in Spanish and Chinese

 

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(Based on the book Finishing Well in Life & Ministry)
Burnout is a terrible and multifaceted battle for each one of us. Unless God meets us in the ministry with a sense of His sustaining presence, none of us will be able to endure.

Listen to session one on YouTube.

Related Resources:

1 Finishing Well in Life & Ministry by Bill Mills & Craig Parro
2 John Piper Ask Pastor John Ministry Burnout https://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/ask-pastor-john/avoiding-ministry-burnout
3 “Burnout for Pastors” by Scot McKnight. https://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2007/08/burnout-for-pastors.html
4 Twelve Ways Pastors Went from Burnout to Vision by Thom Rainer. https://thomrainer.com/2013/05/27/twelve-ways-pastors-went-from-burnout-to-vision/

Why do we pray? A Reason for Prayer

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We do not pray to inform God of our needs, because He knows what we need before we ask.

It is not to wear Him down until He gives in out of weariness, because He is not like the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8)–God brings justice to His elect quickly!

It is not to change God’s mind about this or that, because our God never changes. We pray because God has chosen prayer as the means by which He works, and because He has called us to commune with Him and to find our joy and fulfillment in His presence.

During the last several years my most exciting moments have been the times when I have had the privilege of ministering in Asia. In the midst of such a trip, every day for many weeks is filled with teaching. As I am away, I become more tired, more lonely and sometimes more depressed with each passing day. When I am able to save up enough “air miles,” I can fly Karen over to Hawaii to meet me on the way home, and we can spend some time in rest and enjoyment with one another in that beautiful place.

How I remember longing to see her as the days of ministry passed by slowly! I would finally board a plan early in the morning from some point in Asia and connect in Seoul or Tokyo with a plane to Hawaii. It would then be an all-night flight to Honolulu, but I would not be able to sleep a wink. I would arrive early the next morning and check into a hotel, planning to take a nap before Karen arrived that afternoon from Chicago. However, I couldn’t sleep then, either.

Finally I would take a bus too early to the airport and pace the concourses until Karen’s plane taxied to the gate. I would strain to see her as the passengers came down the jetway, and then, finally, I would see her face. I would run to her, embrace her, and hold her. All of my heart’s desires were fulfilled in that moment when I was in her presence.

What is prayer like for you?

Is it a religious ritual that you perform out of habit?

Is it a spiritual discipline that you practice because you want to be the best Christian you possibly can be?

Is it a mechanism by which you can bring your “shopping list” to God in order to have your needs met?

Or are you running to meet your Lover, to commune with Him, hungering to find your joy in Him, and to be fulfilled in His presence?

Bill-Mills–Bill Mills, Founder of Leadership Resources International
This post is an excerpt from Language of the Heart: Knowing Joy and Communion in Prayer by Bill Mills.

Your turn: What helps you better encounter God through prayer?

The 15 Best James Hudson Taylor Quotes

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James Hudson Taylor lived from 1832-1905 and founded the Christian missions organization called China Inland Mission. From a young age, Taylor had a special burden for the evangelism of China. He would eventually spend much of his life ministering in China, influencing hundreds (if not thousands) of missionaries to follow the Great Commission by partnering with him in God’s work.

Through a systematized evangelization plan, culturally appropriate dress, and a variety of avenues for reaching the Chinese, Taylor ministered in China trusting for God’s provision and strength and died leaving an inspiring legacy to many.

We pray that the memorable quotations from Hudson Taylor shared below are an encouragement to you in your pursuit and service of God.

The 15 Best James Hudson Taylor Quotes

“God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” — J. Hudson Taylor

“Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”― J. Hudson Taylor

“All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.”― J. Hudson Taylor

“I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize that He is able to carry out His will for me. It does not matter where He places me, or how. That is for Him to consider, not me, for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient.”― J. Hudson Taylor

“There are three stages to every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies — whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“It is not so much the greatness of our troubles, as the littleness of our spirit, which makes us complain.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“it is no small comfort to me to know that God has called me to my work, putting me where I am and as I am. I have not sought the position, and I dare not leave it. He knows why He places me here-whether to do, or learn, or suffer.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize the Lord is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

“In nothing do we fail more, as a Mission, than in lack of tact and politeness.” ― J. Hudson Taylor

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Testimonial from the Field: A Wife’s Perspective

peglow-testimonial-300x225Recently, Kim Peglow (pictured first on the left) accompanied her husband Pastor Pat Peglow to Oaxaca, Mexico to finish the Training National Teachers program with Patricio Paredes, LRI’s Regional Director for Latin America.

Her time with LRI in Mexico supporting Sandra Paredes made such an impact on her by experiencing the transforming work of God through our TNT program, she wrote our office with this to say:

Hello Karen & Craig,

I wanted to send you an update on the trip…

First, I wanted to thank LRI on behalf of the wives and children [of those being trained]  for the special gifts you sent them. The expression on their faces was priceless when they received their gifts. It reduced me to tears of joy for them.

Both the pastors and wives wanted us to convey to you the enormous gratitude they feel in their hearts that LRI has provided the outstanding TNT training for them. It was evident that they felt loved, appreciated, supported, valued and encouraged for this training and for this special blessing of bringing their wives and children to their graduation ceremony. They expressed this many, many times.

On a personal note: I cannot find the words to convey how much I benefitted from both of your prayers for me this week…  God was abundantly gracious to me on this trip.  Pat & I and Sandra & Patricio were a perfect fit as ministry couples. We complemented each other with our gifts and personalities.  Sandra and I got along fabulously and worked together as a tag team with the women. We were able to connect heart to heart on so many different levels as ministry wives and we were able to connect on a deep level with the other pastor’s wives, as well.  It was evident through our lessons and our discussion how desperately the wives needed this time to be refreshed, rested and restored by God’s Word and by fellowship and encouragement.

One big realization I walked away with, was,  that it doesn’t matter if there is a cultural and language difference.  No matter where God has placed us, we all have the same needs as believers and as fellow disciples and minister’s of God’s Word.

I came home spiritually & emotionally recharged. I also came home with some new friendships of Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ.  :)

Every time Pat comes home from an LRI training session, he is pumped. Thank you for the opportunity to go with Pat and experience God’s magnificent work in Mexico.

This was also a wonderful trip for Chelsea to come on and see, firsthand what her father does with LRI and to meet these wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ. She thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and vice versa. At least she speaks some Spanish. LOL  I believe God also met her in a special way too!!!

With an extremely grateful heart,

Kim

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Below is a testimonial from the wife of one of the men in Brazil who went through the TNT Program. Listen as Camilla describes how God used TNT training from Leadership Resources to transform her husband’s heart and build his confidence in ministry:

TNT Before and After: Rolando’s Powerful Testimony

The above video features Rolando Talin, a pastor in Mexico who recently finished his TNT training through Leadership Resources International, who shares the remarkable story of God transforming his life and ministry through the training he received.

Here are some highlights:

Before:

  • “When God called me to pastor a church, I didn’t know how to preach.” (That is a Pastor’s Worst Nightmare!)
  • “I prayed to the Lord, “Lord, I want to know how to preach, I want someone to help me…I pastored three years before anyone helped me…”

After:

  • Four years later (after graduating the TNT program), Rolando says God has blessed his family and his ministry and says he is preaching the word to his congregation.
  • He says he can see his congregation growing from the preached word. He thanks LRI and LRI supporters for the transformation and equipping that he experienced in the Training National Trainers program.
  • After receiving the training, Rolando strongly desired to teach other pastors the transforming principles to help them know and read the Bible better.
  • Rolando is now starting his own Bible Institute of Mexican pastors where Rolando leads in teaching the TNT curriculum, equipping Mexican leaders to read and preach the Bible.
  • Rolando has recently been elected as the president of his denomination’s convention!

He is the perfect example of what following 2 Timothy 2:2 which says,

“…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

When Leadership Resources International trains pastors all over the world, we don’t give these pastors a fish—we teach them to fish…and how to teach others to fish. They become master fishermen who also teach fellow fishermen. Rolando is just one of the many men whose hearts are ignited to be a fisher of men who teaches others to fish as well.

Find out more about our training and how you and your church can support the work of training pastors.

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