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Ministry Starting Point: Own a Burden

Are you keenly aware of what drives you to do what you do?

Many times in ministry, getting started poses the largest challenge. Often, the search focuses on finding the right idea. A better target exists—the right person who's willing to own a burden.

Let's look at two stories that demonstrate this truth.

Story #1

A creative team brainstormed ideas to support a lesson focused on Jesus' teaching about the two greatest commandments. Specifically, to love God and love others (Matt. 22:36-40). The group decided to develop a music video. More importantly, this team included Marta.

At first, Marta liked the idea. Soon, she loved the idea. Then, she became consumed by the thought of sharing this important lesson with kids in a way they would relate to and remember.

So she offered to help write the song for the music video. And then she offered to act as the project's producer. Okay, she didn't exactly offer.

She had never produced a video before, but saw that no one else had the time to invest. When it appeared the project might not happen, she couldn't ...

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