Failure in Ministry

Leadership Network 2014 Innovations Conference

In this 17-minute session, Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, says ministry leaders are in danger of basing their significance in how their ministry is doing. He tells leaders to welcome failure because God uses failure to humble us. 

In this 6-minute follow up interview from 2014, Tim shares updates from his life and emphasizes the points he made in his 2009 talk. 

Which of the Tim’s points in the first talk did you find most impactful? Why? What stood out to you about his follow up video? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through the message? What about the interview? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message and interview? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from Tim in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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It’s tempting to idolize success in ministry. Instead, embrace failure. Ask God to humble you as you continue on in ministry.  

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