6 Things That Have Made Me A Better Minister

I’ve been doing ministry for about 25 years now. (Insert “old guy” joke here). In those 25 years, ministry techniques have come and gone. I’ve learned both good and bad ways to minister to people. There are plenty of things in the last 25 years that have and have not worked. Over the last few years I’ve seen a few things come along that I believe have made me a better minister.  Here are a few of them…

  • CELLULAR PHONES: One of the biggest blessings in my ministry has been the use of a cell phone. I’m no longer tied to an office or having to constantly check in to see if anyone is looking for me. Now if you want to find me … wherever I am … you can. I can check on people, send messages and be found at anytime. Now for those who scream, “There are times I don’t want to be found,” I will totally agree … simply turn it off or put it on silent.
  • LEARNING TO SAY “NO!” One of the worst things I did early in my ministry was never saying “No.” I had a hard time not signing up and being involved in everything. I would spread myself so thin that I couldn’t do things very well. Now that I’m okay with delegating and saying “No,” I’ve become a better minster … and am more productive at the things that really matter.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: There are both pros and cons to social media (Facebook, Twitter & Blogging). I’ve found that I can use social media for ministry. Here are some examples: Facebook … In the community where I live, I’m friends on Facebook with a huge portion of the community. I’m able to pass along information about events, activities and spiritual challenges with people from my community that are unchurched. As for blogging, I’m able to reach 1000’s on a daily basis through a blog. Over the past 3 years, you and I together on this blog, have raised close to $100,000 for missions in Honduras and feeding the hungry. Social media has become a HUGE part of my ministry in the past 4 years.
  • PUTTING MY FEAR OF FAILURE BEHIND ME: In the past I struggled with not trying certain things in ministry  because they might fail. I thought that if an idea or project failed, then that made me a failure. When I finally got past that fear, it opened up some new and amazing ministries for me. I have new ministries and new outreach ministries that have blessed people greatly because I took a risk. Plenty of things fail, but more plans have succeeded. Dream big, people … God can make those dreams come true.
  • I QUIT SEEING PEOPLE AS PROJECTS:  For the longest time I saw the poor, the hungry and needy as projects. When I finally quit seeing those people as ministry projects and started seeing them for who they really are it opened my eyes to a very different ministry.  So if the homeless and poor aren’t ministry projects, then what are they?  They are now my friends who have needs. They are loved by God as deeply as I am loved by God.  When I start seeing people for what they really are, God’s children, I’m able to minister to them better.
  • STICKING AROUND: The longer I stick around at a place, the better my ministry gets. I’ve been in Childress now for nearly 9 years. Before moving to Childress, I was in Tulia for 10 years.  I can’t even begin to imagine trying to do ministry and moving every two years.  I’m not sure what the average stay is for ministers, but the longer I stay the better my ministry gets.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Rick Morgan says:

    All of the mission trips are sure to have made some improvements on your ministry. :)

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Rick … our mission trips to Honduras have done amazing things for the church in Childress. We’ve grown spiritually in SO many ways from taking these trips. Seriously, taking 50% of my congregation to a 3rd world country to serve has been one of the best things we’ve ever done here.

  2. Gilbert Kerrigan says:

    I’ve only been in ministry for about 10 yrs now, so not sure how much I’ve actually learned. But here are a few things:

    1. Just be me. Early on I tried to be a lot of things: leader, theologian, pastor, cheerleader, administrator, etc… I was good at some, poor at others. I’ve learned to just be me, and work closely with others that can do what I can’t.

    2. Be transparent. I show my flaws in my preaching, in my teaching, and in my counseling. I thought I had to be this image of a perfect saint in order for people to listen to me. I have found the exact opposite. More people listen to me because I show them my flaws – and there are many.

    3. As for preaching, keep it simple. One of the best books I have read on preaching was Andy Stanley’s book Communicating for a Change. He pounded simplicity, and I believe it has improved my preaching greatly. A simple message with a simple point. Most people in the pews don’t need a theological treatise.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Gilbert … love your second point and I actually have Andy Stanley’s book on my shelf and have yet to read it. I think I’ll make it a priority. Thanks for the comment and suggestions.

  3. Still working on that saying, “NO” thing. But you’re so right, it makes all the difference in the world when ministers have some boundaries and learn to delegate. Thanks!

  4. Jeff LupPlace says:

    I cannot imagine having to move every two years. I have been in Deming now for 7 1/2 years and in a lot of ways things didn’t start taking off until the last couple of years. It is as if the church wants to see if we are in for the long haul before we are afforded complete trust. Also it takes time to get to know everyone. What I wish for (especially since this is my first position) is the ability to go back and correct the stupid mistakes I made when I first got here. Thank God for patient churches.

  5. Jessica says:

    I know the Childress church is glad about that “sticking around” thing!

  6. james Guy says:

    I think one of the best accomplishments (and hardest at times) of ministry is to get OTHERS to do. Most know, it is often easier to just do it yourself (or so it seems). But, getting others to do allows you to say, “no” and does wonders for the whole (Ephesians 4:11-12).

  7. Greg England says:

    Good stuff! When I was in Florida, I had been there 8 years when a friend who was a Presbyterian minister told me he was only allowed to stay any one place for 3 years. My last gig was almost 15 and I think had I stayed another 5-6 years, I might have actually figured out a few things. Your ministry touches this southern California funeral director!

  8. Goohope says:

    I’m a 200level Student of law in NIGERIA. I’ve been finding it difficult to say NO_thanks 4 dis new knowledge from your article_by God’s it’ll no more be big challenge from henceforth. I must say more Grace to you_your articles have been a blessing to me. Goodhope Orji_NIGERIA

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