So You Want to Start Your Own Ministry, Part 3

post date: June 23, 2010


Statue of Socrates in Athens.
Years ago when Joe Stowell was president of Moody Bible Institute, I heard him say that people often asked him, “What’s the biggest challenge you face as president of Moody?” People expected him to mention the budget, the never-ending financial pressures, the unending string of difficult decisions, the many meetings he had to attend, the difficulty of keeping people united, or something like that. 

But he didn’t mention any of those things.

“The biggest challenge I face is me. Every day the biggest challenge is always the man in the mirror. If he’s not right, the rest of those areas don’t matter anyway. I have to make sure I’m the right kind of man before I can lead anyone else.”

That strikes me as a very wise statement. And if you start a ministry, you will be your own biggest challenge.

Know thyself, said the ancient philosophers. This is the key to everything else. 

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