Paul used this principle repeatedly in his ministry. When he came to Derby, he found a “disciple named Timothy…he was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him” (Acts 16:1-2). Remember that your ministry is not about you, but about what God wants to do through you for His glory. Let me point out some key principles that should apply to every mission and ministry endeavor:
- Always be looking for faithful men and women who are willing to be discipled.
- Find out what others are saying about their character.
- Take them with you in your ministry and train in the ministry.
- Let them see Christ modeled in your life, not just by your words.
- Be willing to step back from a position of prominence so they can gain experience from doing the Lord’s work.
- Mistakes will happen. Use them as teaching moments, not condemnation vents.
- Encourage them through hard times by standing with them.