One Of The Best Books on Ministry Ever Written

Nearly 17 years ago I read Warren Wiersbe’s classic book:  On Being A Servant of God – for the 1st time.  Since then, I’ve read it a dozen times or so and have encouraged many other people to read it.   It’s a classic; one of the best books on ministry ever written in my opinion.  It’s an easy read; 30 chapters with only 3-4 pages per chapter.  If you serve in ministry in any capacity, I think you should read this book!

Currently, our staff is reading it together.   We’re reading one short chapter a day, and will discuss what we’ve gleaned from the book each week in Staff Meeting.   

Here are a few quotes from the first few chapters:

“The trouble with too many of us is that we think God called us to be manufacturers when He really called us to be distributors.”  (p. 5)

“In ministry, we are channels of God’s resources, not reservoirs.”  (p. 7)

“True servants of God help others whether they themselves get anything out of it or not.”  (p.10)

“You and I can’t do everything, but we can do something; and that something is the ministry God has called us to fulfill.”  (p.12)

“Serving God isn’t punishment; it’s nourishment.  Jesus said, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work’ (John 4:24)”  (p.14)

“If our motive for serving is anything other than the glory of God, what we do will be only religious activity and not true Christian ministry.”  (p.19)

“You have to decide whether you will be a servant or a celebrity, whether you will magnify Christ or promote yourself  (Phil. 1:20-21).”  (p.20)

“Personal sacrifice is an insignificant thing when you live and serve for the glory of God alone.”  (p.23)

“Something else happens when you put Jesus Christ first in your ministry: you stop watching other Christians and passing judgment on what they do or what God does with them.”  (p.30)

Again – if you serve in ministry in any capacity – I hope you’ll get a copy of this classic book and read it time and time again!

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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