When people describe their faith journeys, they always talk about one of the first times they engaged in some kind of personal ministry. For some, it was a short-term mission trip. For others, it was leading a children’s small group. It’s not uncommon to hear this phrase “I went to go and bless others, but I was actually the one that was blessed.”
Although we train and equip people, when they describe their first ministry experiences, they often use phrases like: “I was so afraid.” “I felt so inadequate.” “I hoped they didn’t ask me any hard questions.” “I’ve never been so dependent on God.” And then they talk about the rush that followed when they realized God had used them; given them the words to say; allowed them to leverage their pasts to help someone move forward. Few things stretch and thus grow our faith like stepping into a ministry environment and seeing God at work.