Everybody loses passion. Everybody. You might think, "Wow, what a positive message!" but I'm just trying to be honest with you. At times, we all need to have our passion reignited and that is what I want to talk about today. I think there are three ways to reignite your passion for ministry.
Refocus Your Vision
The longer an organization exists, the easier it is to lose your passion because your vision becomes unfocused. The same is true for churches. You start adding more and more programs that you begin to lose the passion you had when the church started. The "less is more" principle really works for your benefit. If you have lost your passion for ministry, consider eliminating some programs or events you've started and refocus your vision.
Reaffirm Your Priorities
As you refocus your vision, it will have the added benefit of helping you reaffirm your priorities. You can't do everything with excellence. You just can't. Any church that tries to do "everything for everybody" ends up doing nothing with excellence. As you reaffirm your priorities, your passion will rise because your energy will focus on the things you do well.
Rebuild Your Strength
In the book of Nehemiah, the people of Israel were losing their strength. In Nehemiah 4:10 (ESV), we read,
In Judah it was said, "The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall."
Their passion was fading because they were losing their strength. That was when Nehemiah stepped in and encouraged the workers to stand strong. In Nehemiah 4:14, he says,
And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 'Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.'"
This was a major turning point in the history of Israel and it happened because Nehemiah encouraged them to trust the Lord and rebuild their strength.
I can relate to this story in a big way. In the past few months, I have needed to rebuild my strength through adversity. In H2 Ministry, I have scheduled two pastor workshops recently--one in Atlanta and the other in Greenville, SC--and a total of zero people showed up. That's right: zero! I came away from both experiences frustrated and discouraged. But, as I rethought God's call on my life to minister to pastors, my strength has been rebuilt and my passion reignited.
How about you, pastor? What is your level of passion for your ministry today? Maybe it's time for you to take a step back from your ministry and refocus, reaffirm, and rebuild. You can reignite your passion and there's no better time to start than now.