As ministry leaders, we can often focus on building a platform and making the biggest impact possible without first and continuously, allowing Jesus to establish value and build character in our own lives. In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by Dr. Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Together, Derwin and Jason look at the priorities and the values that Jesus wants to establish in your life. And then Derwin gives a backstage peek into the spiritual disciplines that he finds most vital in helping sustain a thriving life and ministry.
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Some key takeaways from this conversation:
Derwin Gray on knowing where your true value lies: "I'm not a church leader, first. I'm not a pastor, first. I'm not an author, first, I'm not a husband, first. I'm not a father, first. I'm not a fisherman, first. First and foremost, I am a beloved in Christ Jesus, that Jesus is the sum total of everything I could ever hope to be."
Derwin Gray on prioritizing your family in ministry: "If you're married, only second to Jesus, second to Jesus is your spouse. Our spouses should not feel like we're having an affair with ministry.... Your spouse should not feel like you're giving your best energy to your staff and local church. I want my family to get my best."
Derwin Gray on understanding the proper place of ministry as a pastor: "If we're not careful, we will try to use ministry to heal our trauma. And we need to continue to sit at Jesus's feet and give Him our trauma, give him our past, give him our pain. That's called sanctification. But what happens a lot of times, is you have gifted people, and people 'ah, you're a great preacher. You're great at this. You're great at that.' And we think that the ministry is what's healing us. I heard it once said this this way, do not allow ministry for Jesus to destroy the ministry of Jesus in you."
Looking to dig more deeply into this topic and conversation? FrontStage BackStage is much more than another church leadership show, it is a complete resource to help you and your ministry leaders grow. Every week we go the extra mile and cr
Looking to dig more deeply into this topic and conversation? FrontStage BackStage is much more than another church leadership show, it is a complete resource to help you and your ministry leaders grow. Every week we go the extra mile and create a free toolkit so you and your ministry team can dive deeper into the topic that is discussed.
Visit http://PastorServe.org/network to find the Weekly Toolkit, including the Ministry Leaders Growth Guide. Our team pulls key insights and quotes from every conversation with our guests. We also create engaging questions for you and your team to consider and process, providing space for you to reflect on how each episode's topic relates to your unique church context. Use these questions in your staff meetings, or other settings, to guide your conversation as you invest in the growth of your ministry leaders.
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