Practical Tips for Lifelong Ministry

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In this 8 minute session from Leadership Network's 2010 SAGE Conference, Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed in Orlando, FL, answers the questions, "What things have you done, that if given the chance, you would do differently?"


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



Joel said that he "never regretted putting family first." How will you make sure to keep your family a priority throughout your ministry? What decisions and practices can you put into place right now that will ensure you manage your household well?
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Joel also encouraged us to hire people smarter than ourselves and that we enjoy being around. What's your current hiring process? How rigorous are you at finding the right people for your team? Who might you go to for help in this area?
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Joel said that the best leaders are the best students. How do you keep learning? What was the last book you read for personal leadership growth? What conferences have you attended? Who have you sought out to mentor you?
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Spending time in God's Word daily is paramount. Joel said that people don't "need to see you, they need to see Jesus." One primary way we become more like Jesus is spending time in His Word. How diligent are you with daily time in Scripture and prayer? Does something have to change in this area?
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What hobbies do you have that help you unwind? How do you just "enjoy" life?
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Joel made a very insightful comment near the end. He said, "Don't come home and gripe about church members." Why do you think this is so important? How can you keep your spouse informed without gossiping about those you lead?
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As Joel concluded, the goal is to "come closer to the Lord ourselves, but to bring the next person we run into closer to the Lord as well." May God bless you and strengthen you as you lead others toward God.



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