I've been reading an excellent book by Alan Fadling called An Unhurried Life. In it, he urges us to slow down, to practice spiritual disciplines and stop hurrying. Here is one quote I found particularly useful:
- "I too often find that my over-the-top focus on efficiency tends to keep me from obeying the great command to love God fully and to love my neighbor freely." (p. 87)
Reflection on this book has led me to a couple of questions. The idea behind the questions is to look at priorities--am I more focused on gathering groups to boost my own ego, or am I walking with people, helping them to grow? Perhaps you will find these helpful as well.
- Is my ministry more about gathering crowds than cultivating a core of committed people and following Jesus together with them?
- Do I talk more about numbers or do I share stories about people (by name) who are responding to Jesus?