5 Questions to Assess Your Passion in Ministry, by Ty Tamasaka
While passion is a key for growing churches, it’s also true that leaders of churches that are stuck or in decline generally DON’T burn with desire, drive or passion. How do you assess your passion in ministry?
Here are some questions you can ask to gauge your passion level.
1 – Do you have a hard time “turning it off”?
When you are passionate about your ministry, you have a hard time turning it off. It’s not that you don’t turn it off. It’s just difficult to shut down and get your mind off if it. People who are passionate about ministry are obsessed with the mission. Of course – for the sake of your sanity and family – it is important to draw clear boundaries when it comes to the ministry, but if you have a genuine passion for the ministry, this is a real challenge.
2 – Are you willingly investing your own time and finances?
When you are passionate about your ministry, you are willing to invest your own time and finances for the mission. If ministry is something you do only when someone else is paying or when you’re officially on the clock, it communicates that the ministry is not your real value.
3 – Are you enthusiastic about what is happening?
When people are enthusiastic about something, it is constantly on their lips. Passionate leaders find a way to bring up their ministry and mission in the context of everyday conversations – often unknowingly – and see people through the lens of their mission.
4 – Is the mission something you “get to” be a part of.?
I know this may sound cliché, but it is true that leaders with passion understand that ministry is a privilege to partake of, not a burdensome chore that has to be done. It is something we get to do, not something we have to do. God could have given angels the mission of bringing hope and forgiveness to His people. He could have done it Himself. Instead God chose us to do it! You and me! Remember serving God in ministry is a privilege, not a burden.
5 – Do the possibilities excite you more than problems weigh you down?
Passionate leaders are more excited about possibilities than they are weighed down by problems. Leaders who burn with passion are determined to remove problems—even big ones—and get moving because the possibilities are so exciting. While passionate leaders recognize problems, they see it as opportunities more than as obstacles.
The great preacher John Wesley said “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.