Connection Before Production

2016 RightNow Conference

God is not dependent upon us to accomplish His purposes. The pressure of ministry releases into freedom when we realize that God calls us to delight in our weakness and in His power made perfect in our shortcomings. In this 35-minute video from the 2016 RightNow Conference, Kyle Idleman encourages pastors with the truth that our only job is to abide in Christ the vine, and allow His power to flow through us.

Kyle Idleman is Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky—the fifth largest church in the country with over 20,000 in attendance every week. Kyle is a sought-after speaker for regional and national conferences and the author of four books including the bestsellers Not A Fan and The End of Me. He has also worked with City on a Hill Studio to write and present seven video curricula including the award-winning H20: A Journey of Faith and The Easter Experience. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry. 

Kyle began by asserting a striking statement: God wants to set you free from the pressure. His work is not nearly as dependent upon you as you think it is. 

Reflect upon your relationship with ministry work. Do you currently feel a pressure to accomplish a certain amount, or measure a particular quantity of fruit? Why do you believe certain aspects of ministry are dependent on you?
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Is it uncomfortable for you to step back and release control in ministry? How do you react knowing God is sovereign and able to accomplish His purposes without you? Do you believe that or struggle to believe that?
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Often, a question asked in a job interview is “What is your weakness?” Many people disguise their strength as a weakness, explain how they’ve already overcome a weakness, or share an irrelevant weakness. Yet in Christ, we are to delight in our very weaknesses, because they become the stage upon which Christ’s glory shines. 

Without disguising it as a strength, explaining how you’ve overcome it, or sharing something irrelevant, what is your weakness?
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Kyle pointed us to the Apostle Paul, who, though he had an impressive list of accomplishments and qualifications, boasted instead in his weaknesses. It is in our weakness that God is able to most brilliantly display His power and sufficiency. 

In what ways have you seen God move, despite your weaknesses? How has he worked through those very weaknesses? How did this display His sufficiency and strength?
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How does this turn discouragement into delight? How does this relieve ministry pressure?
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John 15:5 (ESV)

5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

As Kyle said, connection leads to production. Staying connected to Jesus allows his power to flow freely through us. 

Our only real job is to stay connected to the vine. What does abiding in Christ look like in your life? How are you remaining constantly connected to the vine?
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In Christ, the pressure is off. We are free to delight in our weakness and be dependent upon his power. 

For more information about the RightNow Conference or to find out how to attend next year’s event, visit

For more from Kyle Idleman, see his study, Gods at War, or visit