Are You Dying to Succeed in Ministry?

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What has the Lord called you to do? What gifts has He equipped you with to carry out that calling? What does all of that mean in the context of the local church? Bianca Olthoff has wrestled with these very questions. Bianca is Storyteller for the A21 Campaign, a much soughtafter speaker, and blogger. In this post, she speaks from her personal experience, shedding light on how women can succeed in the ministry that God has called them to do. 


What do you feel that the Lord has called you to do? How did He reveal this to you?
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How do you see the gifts that God has given you align with what He has called you to do?
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Bianca stressed the importance of being submitted to the authority and leadership of your church. Have you ever had a discussion with your pastor about your calling? How did that go? If not, how can you approach them to have that conversation?
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How can the calling you feel and the gifts God has given you be exercised to build-up those in your local congregation? How can you be intentional about pursuing those opportunities with your pastor?
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Bianca mentioned that the best advice she had ever gotten pertaining to success and longevity in ministry was the advice to die—to die to herself, to her own ambitions, to her own goals, to her own desires—death for the glory of God. 

Take a moment and examine your motivations to serve in ministry. Are there any places where your own desires, ambitions, and goals need to die? If so, what are those places? What do you think it looks like to kill those things?
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Regardless of what the Lord has called you to do, from ministry in the home to ministry in the church, success means death. Death to those things that elevate and make much of you, magnifying the greatness and glory of God. Trust God’s plan for you, seek counsel from His Word, and submit to the authority He has placed over you as you live out your calling.