Monday, September 10, 2007

Out of Control

I have felt closer to God during this time of spiritual renewal than I have in a long time. That's kind of the point, I know. It is interesting how he has taken many normal desires away from me (like blogging and reading blogs), at least temporarily, to allow me to focus more on him.

Anyway, I did read a blog by Craig Groeschel this morning that I thought was really good. Here's a most of it:

I’ve experienced innumerable benefits and deep satisfaction leading a growing ministry. But with each step up in influence and effectiveness, I’ve had to give up something that was hard to surrender. This week I’ll talk about five things you might have to “give up to go up.”

Give Up Control

One of the first things you must give up to go up is control. Most of us like to control the things around us—especially in ministry.

Some thoughts on control:

  • The smaller your ministry is, the easier it is to control.
  • The more you try to control your ministry, the more you’ll limit it.
  • People who fight to stay in control might attract followers, but they rarely attract leaders.
  • Growing leaders learn to delegate authority, not just responsibility.
  • Growing ministries are always out of control.
  • If we try to control everything, we’re squeezing God out of our ministries.

What are you trying to control that you need to surrender?

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