Avoiding the Machine of Ministry

If you are in ministry, you might at times feel tired.  I like to think of it as the machine of ministry. The machine of ministry looks like this: - You are exhausted mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually most of the time. - You go through the motions of ministry work. - Your only concern is the attendance, and you’re not that excited about stories of life-change. - Worship is hard to get into because you “already know these songs.” - You compare yourself with other churches and leaders. - Your appearance gets more attention than your spiritual heart.

I’ve experienced these feeling at times in my own life.  How do we avoid falling into a robot of ministry where we lose sight of the sensitivity of God’s Spirit?

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New Series - "Home Improvement"

home_improvement New Source Student ministry series for November! 

Families are not perfect.  Every family is weird in their own way.  Even with all the weirdness happening, there a few things that everyone still has in common.  Each family has disagreements and arguments, and every family struggles to know and understand each other.  We all come from a family with some type of need for improvement.  We need our family, and this series will unpack the need for home improvement.

Week 1 - Honor your Parents The Word: Ephesians 6:1-3, Luke 2:51-52 Main Thought: Honor opens the door to a healthy relationship with parents.

Week 2 - Communicate and Listen The Word: Ephesians 4:24-29, Proverbs 18:13 Main Thought: The relationship is more important than winning the argument. 

Week 3 - Forgive The Word: Ephesians 4:30-5:2, Romans 12:18 Main Thought: Pursue a relationship with your parents no matter what.

Series Roll-In! 

What is Trending with Students Today?

Trending signifies a topic or event which is currently popular and much discussed online. SLU put the study below together as a helpful tool for understanding what's happening in today's student culture. SLU has a great webinar happening recently. Check it out HERE

Most of these topics are similar issues in every generation. The current generation has more opportunity than ever before to struggle to find their identity with all the voices surrounding them.

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 What do you think about the top 10 issues trending? How will you use it to help your student ministry?