Isaiah 54:2 "Dig you stakes deep, enlarge the place of your tent. dig your stakes deep, stretch your tent curtains wide."
I have discovered throughout my ministry and interactions with a lot of women, that they seldom journey outside of their geographical boundaries and have not widened their territory. But in order to do so, you must dig a little deeper. The deeper you dig your stakes and enlarge the curtain of your tent, the farther you will go.
A woman can only take her ministry as far as she has been exposed! When you launch out into the deep, you will discover that there are women who do in fact pastor mega churches, you will discover that there are evangelist and teachers that minister all over the world, you will discover that there are women philanthropist that are making a financial impact and a global impact on the social ills that exist in various countries around the world. There are men and women who are revolutionizing the world for Christ. Just because their methods are antithetical to the way of the old patriarchs of the church, doesn't mean that they are ineffective or worldly.
You and I must ask ourselves, are we being left behind because of our own stupidity, fear, narrow minded thinking in our approaches to doing God's work? My generation can't talk the language of the hip hop culture, the youth culture. It is another lingo. We can't "Touch That, " We lack the skill, gifts and talents to minister on their level in many instances. Young people are constantly on their I phones, tablets, they have earphones hooked to their bodies, or are stuck in front of the TV playing virtual games on PlayStation.
Thankfully, there is a Jamal Harrison Bryant in Baltimore and a R. A. Vernon in Cleveland, who have built congregations in excess of 6000 members. These members are composed of people who might normally not enter into one of our traditional places of worship. Many of the young people and followers of these two churches are folks that have never attended churches or have found their parents and grandparents church irrelevant and not attuned to the needs of their families and friends. These men of God have a knack for dealing with subjects that traditionalist might deem "Taboo" subjects to be ministered on in the church.
I urge women and men for that matter, to think outside the boxes that leaders, parents, mothers and patriarchs of the church have tried to paint you into. Don't put any restrictions on what God can do through you, Living water, like a flood, takes whatever is in its way. Get into the flow of the Spirit. Richard Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Church, (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995)) says it this way: "Find a spiritual wave and ride it."
Women and men of God have to make very clear their target group. You must ask the Spirit of Christ for unusual and creative ways to get the gospel message to people within your target group.Do not allow opposition from strict, denominational groups to restrict and hold you back. If you are ministering to African-American or Hispanic groups in the inner city, you had better know that they are going to have a social experience. and because they are, you have to find ways to infiltrate these areas and introduce them to the Lord. Be open to "Out of the box" ministries, so you will approach today's generation with the gospel in a different unique way. Remember people are engaged with all kinds of activities on Sundays. Children have soccer practice, recitals, dance groups, teas, bike-a-thons, etc. Many of them have their favorite TV minister or pastor. You will have to reach your target group wherever they are.
Ask the Lord for direction so that you do not lose the anointing and legitimacy of your ministry. Think outside of the box knowing that you will have to sell or market your ministry. That might mean getting a Facebook page or spending money to develop a website that speaks to the mission and direction of your ministry. To those that may say your methods are too worldly, I say, "We have go to let people know that they are a multiplicity of ways to share the gospel. It doesn't have to be done exclusively in the church.
Women, God has given us a womb! It is not only the place where physical babies are birth, but it is also the place where spiritual birthing takes place. What is the Lord speaking to you about? What is in your belly that is thirsting and hungering to get out? I encourage you to feed your baby spiritual milk that will nourish and develop into maturity, the ministry that will bring glory to God, and will make Jesus smile and say, " That's the way, I like it, uh hun, uh hun, that's the way I like it!"
Tell yourself, "I'm going to think outside of the box and receive my spiritual inheritance. this is your season sisters! The set time for God's Favor is upon your lives.
Rev. Dr. suzan D. Johnson Cook the sister's Rules for Ministry Copyright 2003 by Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook and Adrienne Ingrum (Editorial Comments by Rev. Lydia P. Ford)
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