New Birth…

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Yesterday at the farm I had the chance to see this newborn (he was very newborn, as in still wet..) baby calf. When he got up he was still wobbly, and mama cow was very protective. This got me thinking about how things should operate in the church when we start new ministries and works:

1. Birthing a new ministry is messy and often painful. Prepare for it. Deal with it accordingly.

2. A new ministry needs extra protection at those early stages, then, when it’s time, let it do what it’s designed to do.

3. A new ministry may be “cute and attractive”, but a healthy, mature ministry can often be more productive, despite not being as “cute”.

4. Growth of a ministry takes time and patience. There are NO shortcuts.

What do you think that we can learn from this little calf about ministry?

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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