You do not need to be involved in ministry for long to realize that there is a very careful balancing act between ministry and family. Add in a day job (like in my situation) and things become more complicated. For me, this has been one of the biggest struggles, balance. However, the more I do, and the more I study, the more I realize that balancing is not the right illustration at all.
Previously, we looked at why your physical fitness is important to your ministry. True to form, I want to get practical this week about how to do improve your level of physical fitness. I am also going to offer some advice about eating right and exercise. You need both if you want to take your ministry further. Don’t limit yourself.
“We go astray when we attempt to do spiritual work without spiritual power.” - A.W. Tozer
Once I found out that my wife, Michele, was pregnant, I started thinking much more seriously about my fitness. I wanted to make sure I was around for as long as I can for our son. I also wanted to be able to make the most of the time I had with him. Most importantly to me, I wanted him to think his dad is Superman! (I’m still working on that one) That started me seriously trying to get in shape. I had tried it before and never stuck with it. However, with a kid on the way, it felt more important than ever.
We all love having visitors come to our Deaf Ministries! It is exciting and refreshing to see new people. Whether it is a person you have never met or someone you have been inviting to church for years, few things are as great as a new face at church. However, if we are not ready for visitors, we could miss out on an opportunity to minister to that person, both now and into the future. We must ask ourselves, are we ready for visitors?
Do you remember when churches use to have newsletters? They were a pretty effective way to communicate a lot of information. People could bring them home and read them at their own leisure. I liked them! I also love the way technology has opened up our ability to do ministry more effectively. Today, I want to encourage you to leverage the internet and email to maximize a Deaf Ministry newsletter for your ministry.
“The word ‘how’ can kill a great idea before it gets started.” Andy Stanley
Have you ever gotten a sharp email from a business or church and thought how much you would love a professional looking email newsletter for your Deaf Ministry? The good news is that you can! The better news? It’s free!
A good video English/ASL dictionary is indispensable for any deaf ministry leader. Here is a list of ten resources you can use in your lesson preparation, teaching, and personal development.
If they don’t understand the way you teach, then teach the way they understand. ~ Missionary Bob Himes