I never intended to start a ministry. But once I did, I knew immediately I was in over my head. I spent years groping in the dark, learning mostly from trial and error. Maybe that’s why I’m always game to help others who say “yes” to God’s prompting and launch a new thing for His kingdom.
I’d never really thought about all the new ministries I’ve helped start in the last two and half decades until I sat down to write this article. I’ve launched Bible studies, a campus ministry, a women’s ministry, a parenting ministry, my own personal speaking and writing ministry, a discipleship ministry, and my biggest leap of faith: planting a church alongside my husband.
Each of these experiences taught me something new about God. About myself. About people. About ministry. I’ve done some things right, and some things wrong. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two I wish I known at the start.
So, whether your new ministry is big or small, local or worldwide, private or public, here are 10 things I wish someone had told me about starting a new ministry.
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