In a recent article entitled “You Need a Friend” that appears on Rick Warren’s website, www.pastors.com, Warren talks about the necessity of building relationships with others in ministry. He states, “Ministry isn’t meant to be done alone. We are meant to work together for the cause of Christ. The Bible shows us this, and the early church modeled it for us. But according to one often-cited survey of pastors in the United States, 70 percent of clergy in the country have no close friends.”
That’s a huge mistake. When you’re at your breaking point, you need other people in your life. You’re going to hit the wall one day. Count on it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor, a CEO, or a short-order cook. You’re human.
The question is: Who will be in your life when a crisis hits? You spend much of your life helping other people go through crises. But what happens when one hits your life?
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Encourage each other and give each other strength.” When you let other people encourage you, you help them obey God’s Word. Have you ever thought of that?
Here’s the key – you’ve got to set up those kinds of relationships before the crisis! “When the storms come into your life, it’s too late to build the relationships you need to sustain you” (Rick Warren).
Warren goes on to suggest several opportunities to take steps toward making those critical connections with other ministers. This is what i-Connect is all about. It’s more than a good idea to pursue vital connections with others in minisry…it’s a God idea. Check us out at http://iconnect.idcag.org/. No one should have to do ministry alone!