How to fail at ministry like John Wesley

evangelism leadership Dec 07, 2019

A friend posted the following on Facebook and I thought it might encourage you today:

Excerpts from John Wesley's Journal
Great Awakening mid 1700's:

May 5 - Preached at St. Anne’s, asked not to come back
May 12 - Preached, deacons said I couldn’t return
May 19 - Preached on street, kicked off street
May 26 - Preached in meadow, chased out by a bull
May 26 - Preached on edge to town, kicked off the highway.
June 2 - Preached in a pasture. Ten thousand came to hear me.

John Wesley, Journal Entries, 1739


Reminds me of the old adage, "If at first you don't succeed...try, try again."

That's how ministry works.

We preach, serve, love people, and on and on...often resulting in failure and rejection.

But we push on because we're ON A MISSION.

And don't you ever forget it.

This isn't time to draw's time to push forward. It's time to be challenged in our thinking. It's time to level-up as a leader and learn how to reach THIS generation in this time and season.

My goal is to provoke an army of leaders like you to rise up and fulfill their God-given mandate to preach the Gospel and make disciples. Just because 85% of churches are stagnant or in decline in North America doesn't mean it has to stay that way...

We CAN do what God has called us to do and we can WIN.

Just look at Wesley...a failure more times than a success by his own account...but he didn't quit. He persisted. And maybe you're in a similar spot today. But it's not time to give up.

Maybe you're frustrated about...

  • Stagnant attendance
  • Lack of vision
  • A disengaged team (or no team!)
  • Few resources
  • No sense of mission in your church
  • Lagging momentum
  • Infrequent church attenders

The good news is it CAN change.

That's what UpLevel Leader is designed to do.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to break your next growth barrier in the next six months.

If that interests you...find out more here.

And keep on preaching,

Pastor Jake


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