I have the privilege of meeting with fellow ministry leaders this week at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. It is not your typical meeting and it has a tendency to re-charge those in attendance and help to embolden God's Team to continue the work of the Kingdom.
As one looks back at the history of ministry, you see some really incredible people that have made an impact on so many lives. It also becomes apparent how much has changed in recent years due to the advent of the internet, social media, etc. Gone are the days of a singular channel of communication. Supporters and ministries alike have access to a plethora of information at their finger tips and gone are donors and replaced by investors, or as I prefer to describe them…Stewards. People are now able to dig deep and really understand where they choose to support the work of the ministry.
The real question is… are ministries ready for the next generation for service? The status quo will not work, yes the motivation is still the same, but how we are to execute the service for the Kingdom is going to be very different. Every action, communication, and story is minutes away from being told to the entire world. Those that are successful at delivering this message are going to thrive, those that choose not to change…..well, their future is not very bright. It's a tough dilemma but they better prepare today, or tomorrow will not be in their future.
This is not a bad thing, in fact it is a great thing for the future of ministry. For too long, people of faith have sat by quietly while the secular world continues to drive public opinion and perspective. God is not surprised, but He also is expecting His team to step up their game and help to get His message out to the world. How do you do this? You do it by being consistent in message and also being who you say you are at all times. There is so much work to be done and credibility is essential to gain the following of those that are seeking an understanding of God's message.
It's now up to us to take charge and use the skills that God has provided us to further the work of the Kingdom. The road is not easy, and yes there will be many challenges lain in our path. The great news is that God is the leader of this team and together we will continue to seek His guidance. It's an honor to serve and we are honored to be called to join this team.