Questions Part 1: Faith and Unbelief In Ministry
- Sheldon Clowdus
The more I examine my ministry and my own personal light in view of this question, the less I like the answers I find. I think this can be a tough question to answer unless we are really clear on what faith and unbelief are. I don't think faith means we just try to accomplish everything by the seat of our pants with no planning or foresight whatsoever. I do think, however, that in the name of planning we often find ourselves wandering away from faith into unbelief.
I see this working itself out in my life, ministry, and the ministries around me most often in the same way. It usually goes something like this:
The more I look at my own life and ministry the more I find that I am guilty of this. I wonder what would happen if instead of making decisions based on available resources or what seems doable if I would look at the tasks God has entrusted to me and trust that He will provide for them. What is my unbelief causing me to miss out on spiritually? What if I really planned and acted in faith in every area of my life? What if all of our church leaders planned and acted in faith instead of unbelief?
What would that mean for my life?
What would that mean for my family?
What would that look like for my ministry?
What would that look like for our churches?