Pastors’ wives (PW) and women in ministry are incredible sources of wisdom and creativity as they use their gifts in leadership and service. I highly value their insight, faithfulness, and diligent labor. That’s why I’m hosting Wednesdays Are for Women. Each week, we’ll hear from a different PW or ministry leader and gain her perspective on God’s activity on her ministry team, her local church, or the issues facing church leaders today.
Today we’ll hear from Rachael Scott from Pueblo Christian Center, Pueblo, Colorado. Rachael transparently shares about a time when a seeming failure resulted in great gain. Check it out:
So many times in ministry we compare our churches or situations to other churches and ministries. The internet has made that so easy to do. Comparing can be a dangerous game, because you have no idea what the other person is really walking through.
I used to fall into that trap, but Jesus lovingly pointed out to me that our church is ours, and that he has called me to this house of worship and that I need to follow what he has asked of my husband, my children, and me.
I have learned that what I thought was a failure was really a success because I had been obedient to what God had asked. Although my situation looked differently than I imagined, it had his fingerprints all over it.
In the world of church planting there are some churches that explode within a few years, there are churches that have a smaller organic growth. No matter which category you fall in make sure you are listening and being obedient to that which God has asked of you!
When we planted/revitalized our church in South Georgia, I had no idea the ride that God would take us on. We are now several years down the road of planting and realized if we would have known God’s full plan we would never have been obedient. However the years of planting our church prepared us for what God is doing through our family now.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
My husband and I realized after a few years into our church plant that we had done what God had asked and to continue to stay any longer would not only hold us back but hold God back from using the people he wanted to lead
that body. Did it look like we failed? In our eyes “yes” because we didn’t think it was our time to go, things didn’t look like we thought they would. However the truth was that we were a success to God, and we embraced that, and we are now being used in a place that needed what we walked through during our church planting years. Had we not been obedient we would not have seen fruit of success in many lives that were changed.
Through the season of us determining if our time was done at our church that we had planted, God used many women in ministry to help guide me through the seas of success/failure feelings. They are friends. They are women I cherish.
I encourage you to take a leap and join the other women at Velocity 2012 and find a community of women who are in all seasons of this life and link arms with them. You certainly won’t regret being intentional with your ministry relationships.