Can you believe that summer is almost over?!
The summer season can tend to be a slower time in ministry with many college students returning home for the break, families participating in summer sports, and vacations that cause your attendance to drop.
As we move into the Fall, all of that is about to change as many people will be returning to their normal rhythm, which includes participating in your Sunday and weekday programs (WOO! 🥳). As you prepare for this shift, we want you to do so with a renewed vision and excitement for what God is going to do in your congregation and through your ministry!
To help you start planning for this new season of ministry, take a moment to reflect on these 10 encouraging Bible verses:
1) God will give you direction.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
You don’t have to have all the answers figured out as you approach this next season of ministry. Place your trust in the Lord and He will direct your path and nourish your ministry.
2) God answers prayers.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18
We serve a God who not only listens to us when we call out to Him but one who answers us! How great it is to know that He cares about all our worries, stresses, and what is happening in our day. When we pray to God, He will answer us.
3) God loves you with an immeasurable love.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
When was the last time you pondered this? God loves us so much that He sent His own son to die for us. That is love beyond measure! There is nothing in all creation that can remove us from God’s love. What an incredible encouragement!
4) God provides wisdom.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. – Psalm 32:8
It is encouraging to know that God doesn’t expect us to have all of life figured out. He provides instruction and teaching to help us grow and mature. Part of this is through Scripture, but it is also through a relationship with Him and the experiences He guides us through.
5) We have good work to do.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
The ministry you do day-in and day-out can wear on you and you may begin to feel discouraged. While this work is not easy, it is good! Scripture reminds us that our struggle is for the souls of the people in our community. While things may feel dark or particularly difficult at this moment, don’t give up.
6) God satisfies our desires.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalms 103:1-5
Consider this: God doesn’t merely give us what we need, but He takes the time to understand the desires of our hearts. And He satisfies them with good things. God deeply cares about our well-being and the satisfaction of our souls. That kind of care is worthy of praise!
7) God extends mercy to us.
…he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit… – Titus 3:5
It is because of God’s mercy that He saved us and made us a new creation. And not only that, but He renews us through the Holy Spirit. It is encouraging to remember that we are saved not because of anything we have done, but through the mercy of our Heavenly Father.
8) We find our strength in the Lord.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. – Exodus 15:2
It can sometimes be hard to find the inspiration to lead your church well, especially if you are feeling discouraged or weak. It’s important to remember that God lends us His strength and comes to our defense. We can always find our strength in Him.
9) God is our source of peace even in the midst of troubles.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
God reminded us in Scripture that we will face many troubles. But He also reminds us that we have peace in Him. We can take comfort in knowing that He has overcome the world already!
10) We have power in Christ.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
We have a tendency to forget that God has given us power among other gifts. How can you be bold in this upcoming season of your church to accomplish the mission God has for you?
We hope this has encouraged your soul as you look to the season ahead and all God has in store for your church. As church leaders, we have been given a special responsibility to nurture and shepherd the people of God within our care, and it’s important that we let God’s truth nurture our own soul first so we can minister out of the overflow.