Marriage will make or break your Ministry!

3160120344_6037d571c0As I look back over the last 10 years of ministry, it’s clear that my most important ministry is my marriage. People have come and gone, opportunities have come and gone, money has come and gone, conferences, camps and church services have come and gone but the one constant ministry in my life has been my marriage.

Your marriage will make or break your ministry!

I believe this truth is the reason why the Apostle Paul so clearly emphasized to Timothy the importance of marriage and the home in the qualifications of a pastor. 1 Timothy 3:1&5 says, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer… he must be the husband of one wife… he must manage his own household well…” Paul understands that if a Christian leader doesn’t win at home, he doesn’t win at all. The greatest ministry you have is your marriage.

Your marriage will make or break your ministry!

Gender wars in marriage can dramatically affect your life and ministry. Never enter into full time ministry without counting the cost to every area of your life, especially your marriage (Lk 14:28). Here are 18 practical tips to making your marriage break free:

  1. Put Christ at the centre of your marriage
  2. Pray together regularly
  3. Clarify individual roles
  4. Make room for each others personality
  5. Plan, Plan and Plan some more
  6. Have a regular date night
  7. Get a PA
  8. Protect your Sabbath Day
  9. Schedule holidays annually
  10. Clarify your boundaries
  11. Sex is a ministry all by itself
  12. Help each other handle criticism
  13. Have the ‘authority’ discussion
  14. Always speak highly of each other in front of people
  15. Encourage your spouse
  16. Don’t let your marriage become another professional relationship
  17. Ask yourself, “What picture of God am I giving to my kids through my marriage?”
  18. Never say the “Divorce” word in marriage and never say the “Quit” word in ministry

Lead the Change!

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2 Responses to “Marriage will make or break your Ministry!”

  1. You guys live this! Thanks for being great role models šŸ™‚

  2. Joshua Hilton Says:

    Nice list. Sorry I’m not up with the lingo, but what is a PA?

    Joshua

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