I have a writing ministry on faithwriters and a speaking ministry at the local rescue mission. For the past several months, however, I have been giving thought as to whether or not I should expand this to a seminar ministry. I want to reach as many people as possible, any way I can, and in the most efficient way. I got counsel from my accountability team of 3 men, and there appeared to be no reason why I should not pursue this. I felt frustrated because I wanted to do more in using my gift of speaking and writing to glorify God and to impact the lives of people, but was not sure if this was part of God's plan.
Let me share with you, first of all, some key verses that have been impressed upon my mind through this time.
ISAIAH 40:31 and PSALM 37:7 tell us that we need to wait upon the Lord.
PSALM 37:4-5 reminds us to delight in the Lord and commit our way to Him.
PROVERBS 3:5-6 says to not lean upon our own understanding, but to acknowledge Him in all of our ways. In other words, do not try to figure things out.
EPHESIANS 3:20 tells us that God will do beyond what we ask or think.
Now, I will share with you some of the questions I asked myself, and questions that I continually need to ask myself, and maybe they will help you in making some decisions.
1. How can I put my life and giftedness to the best use?
2. Do I need to seek to advance this ministry forward or just keep doing what I am doing?
3. Should I simply wait upon the Lord for further instructions?
4. Is there some step of faith that I need to take?
5. Do I need to ask God for a new God-given dream or vision?
6. Am I so caught up with moving in a new direction that it is interfering with God speaking to me? Do I just need to lay it aside?
7. Did I place my ladder against the wrong wall? Have you ever heard that saying? It means you are trying to be successful at the wrong thing.
Through this process here are things that were important to keep in mind.
I must stay in the Word of God daily. God speaks to us through his Word and also through prayer and the Holy Spirt.
Because I did not know what to do, I reminded myself that God can and will cause things to come together in His timing by bringing the right people, resources, and opportunities to cross my path. If a seminar ministry is what He wants, He would have to make it happen.
I need to follow what I am passionate about. I need to continually stay on track in using my gifts of speaking and writing. That is what God intends for me to do. A seminar ministry would involve a lot of time in organization and promotion, and would take time away from writing articles and preparing messages. If someone came along and said he or she would be my organizer and promoter then I would consider that to be a green light.
Based on the above 4 verses, if I wait on the Lord and lean not on my own understanding by trying to figure things out, the ministry will soar to new heights, like eagles' wings, to places beyond what I ask or think.
I hope this has been helpful to anyone in the same kind of situation that I have been facing.