7 Things I Did Wrong in Ministry
Perry Noble offers an honest list of failed attitudes and practices from his early days in ministry at NewSpring Church.
“What did you do wrong?” That is the question I most often get from church planters and other pastors when we are having lunch conversations in regards to beginning NewSpring Church.
My answer is usually something like, “Wow, we don’t have time in this lunch to cover everything”; however, I can hit some of the main things in this post today.
1. I Was More About What We Were Going to Be Against Than What We Were Going To Be For.
I had a great friend/mentor actually confront me on this several years ago. He told me that you can declare what you are against at first, just for a little while, and it may help you pick up steam…but a great leader actually learns the best way to lead is through vision of the future and not criticism of the past! AND…as a leader you can only criticize the past for a certain period of time…because…when you are first beginning, you are changing other people’s ideas, but as you continue to grow and develop, you will actually be changing ideas that were birthed IN and THROUGH you! Talk about a slice of humble pie!!!
2. I Was Angry!
I had anger issues from my past that came out in the way that I preached and the way that I led! These didn’t become obvious to me until I hit a wall in December of 2007 and began a three-year battle with depression…and through godly, biblical counseling and constant confession and repentance, I am dealing with them day by day! There are times that godly, righteous anger is appropriate…just not every Sunday!
3. I Was Under the Assumption That Everyone Would Like Me!
It’s just not true…if you try to do something great for God, you are GOING to receive opposition, period! (See Nehemiah 2:10!) It took me forever to finally understand that my calling was not to be loved by everyone…but rather to be obedient to Him!
4. I Spent Too Much Time Fighting Critics!
Once again, a great friend and mentor loved me enough to sit me down about four years ago and say, “I think one of your biggest problems is that you will yell at thousands of people just because of the voice of a few.” Critics are hardly ever the majority…they just seem to have the loudest voice. AND…every time I am tempted to dive into an Internet fight, I have to go back to Nehemiah 6:1-4! Just because someone has a Web site/twitter account and is obsessed with you does not mean you need to be obsessed with them!