Moving Past Self-Reliance

2013 Resurgence Conference


This 58-minute session with Crawford Loritts is from the 2013 Resurgence Conference. Crawford speaks from Psalm 55, encouraging pastors to rely on God as He shapes them through difficult circumstances in life and ministry. Crawford is a seasoned minister, sought after conference speaker, and serves as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA. 


Crawford encouraged young pastors to slay the significance monster early in ministry. When are you tempted to think more highly of yourself than you ought? What helps keep you grounded?
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How have you seen God sanctify you through experiences you've had in ministry? Why do you think it's important to see your ministry as one of the ways God is shaping you into the image of Christ?
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Crawford warned that ministry success can seduce you into self-reliance, where you trust the resources God has given you over Him, the source. How are you intentional about maintaining a desperate reliance on God? How do you do this, even when things in your life and ministry are going smoothly?
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As a pastor or church leader you will invariably come in contact with people who want to get close to you, only to bolster their own sense of significance. How do you maintain a balance between being open and authentic, while protecting yourself and your family from those who desire to use you for their own gain?
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"Leadership is not forged in a seminar., leadership is not made in a conference, leadership is not developed in a book, but leadership is forged when all you have is pain and sorrow and a risen savior." When you face the pressures of life and ministry, know that God is sanctifying you, molding you into the image of Christ and into the leader He wants you to be.


For more information about the Resurgence Conference, or information on how to attend next year's event, visit their website.