4 Common Ministry Myths That May Be Holding You Back
August 27, 2015
Have you been thinking you really should start using your business as a ministry, but you just can’t find a way to make it work? Often we build our own road blocks by allowing some “logical” reasoning to stand in the way of openly glorifying God in our marketplace. Jesus provided the perfect pattern for Christian ministry — He came, not to be served, but to serve others (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17). Here are some common myths we hear about using a business as ministry - debunked.
Myth #1: I can’t use my job or business as a platform for ministry.
For C12, Christian ministry means applying Christ’s Gospel and biblical wisdom to the situation at hand, whatever that might be. Many C12 Group members use their business as a platform for ministry by hosting weekly Bible study groups, setting aside regular prayer time, financially supporting employees on mission trips, and even raising money for fellow employees or community members in need.
Myth #2: Ministry is really only intended for third-world nations.
Though many third-world nations are in desperate need of food, medical care, education, and for its people to hear the Gospel, ministry opportunities exist right in your own community – even inside your businesses walls! How many of your employees know the Gospel and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? How about their families, your vendors, and customers? Every person that your business comes into contact with provides an opportunity for sharing the good news. By openly including your ministry in your mission statement, your company’s vision, or core values, you educate and invite others to consider God’s word. Take it a step further and consider the many ways your employees can become involved as Christ’s hands and feet, serving the people of the community where you operate. The possibilities are endless.
Myth #3: Discovering and using my spiritual gifts is beyond my grasp.
God has not given you the gifts you need to do someone else’s ministry; God has given you the gifts to do the ministry He wants you to do. No matter how He calls you to serve, God's gifts enable us to fulfill the ministry for which we have been created. Spend some time to discover God's gifts within yourself and then prayerfully discern places where your passion for people or a particular cause can be unified in service. If you would like help learning how to define, discover, and effectively use your gifts in ministry service, check out the Ministry Tools Resource Center.
Myth #4: I don’t have the time or resources to participate in ministry.
How often have you said “I don’t know how we’ll be able to keep up with this new project?” In the same way that a new client requires planning and prioritization, it takes discipline and focus to make time for ministry. Set aside time and resources in your business plan for ministry work and communicate with your team the value of those efforts.
“C12 has really opened my eyes to what it means to proclaim that I am a steward of this business God has called me to run for Him. The C12 experience has shifted my universe. It has changed my thought process and how I react to people, situations, and experiences. The things I once would stress over, I now realize that it is all in God’s hands. I spend quiet time before work praying, reading Proverbs, and reflecting on how I can be a better father, husband, and employer. With C12’s guidance, I have outlined very practical guidelines on how my business can be Christ-centered and ways to incorporate that model into our long-term company vision,” shared C12 Member, Trevor Bird, Partner of two central Texas Harley-Davidson dealerships.
Learn to Make Ministry a Priority
Do you want to make ministry a priority in your business, but aren’t sure how to get started? Joining a C12 roundtable group will connect you with Christian business owners in your area who can provide advice and support on making your business more successful, and maintaining ministry within your organization.