Ministry Effectiveness

Sometimes we think we’re effective when we’re not in God’s eyes. And, sometimes we conclude that not much is happening but God is quite pleased and working in ways we don’t see. We finite humans tend to be narrow in the scope of how we define effectiveness.

How We View Ministry Effectiveness Versus How God Defines It

We tend to look only at the results. And, by results, we often mean what is happening outwardly, what can be seen and measured.
Ministry Effectiveness - Process vs Results

God, however, while caring about the results, puts more emphasis on the process. And, by process, He means what’s happening inwardly as well as the outward methodology or steps taken. (See 1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17 for how process matters. See 1 Sam. 16:7, 1 Chron. 29:17, 1 Thess. 2:4b for the importance of the heart. See Matt. 7:16-20; Jn. 15:8; Col. 1:6, 10 for how results – fruit also matter.)

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Problems with Our Human View of Effectiveness

1) When we over-stress outer results, we can too easily justify getting there by any means. Yet, God looks for faithfulness, not just fruitfulness. (Matt. 25:14-30; 1 Cor. 3:12-15; Phil. 1:9-11)

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2) Stressing results can give the illusion that we’ve arrived. Yet, God wants us to keep pressing on. (Phil. 3:12-13)

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Blessings of Defining Ministry Effectiveness God’s Way

1) We gain a big picture perspective that leads to greater joy and purpose in serving even when we don’t see results. And so, we’re able to persevere and keep progressing. (Rom. 14:16-20; Heb. 12:2)

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2) We usually end up with both quantifiable results, or fruit, and quality that comes from a process filled with integrity and goodness. And so, God is glorified. (Jn. 15:8; 2 Thess. 1:11-12)

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How to Be Effective as Defined by God

Effectiveness comes as we do ministry God’s way. As we align with Him, we come to more and more see and understand His heart for ministry. And, we also realize that it’s going to take more than us striving to become effective — the topic of the next post.

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