Category Archives: Ministry

Is Anointing More Important than Character?

image I just read the current Fire in My Bones article by J. Lee Grady: “No More Monkey Business in the Ministry“. It is truly amazing how this article continues along the same line of the post I wrote yesterday. Grady documents a few more that boldly continue in the ministry in spite of major moral failures.

He quoted one pastor, Jamal Harrison-Bryant, who was accused of adultery, fathering a child out of wedlock, and divorced by his wife yet continued pastoring:

Yet Bryant preached a now-famous sermon in the church in which he used King David’s story of adultery with Bathsheba to defend himself.

“I am still the man!” he shouted from the pulpit as worshippers stood and cheered. “The anointing on my life is greater than any mistake.” He made it clear that he had no intention of being defrocked or disciplined. To Bryant, anointing surpasses character.

Grady follows with the teaching of the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and makes the following 3 points:

1. There are definite qualifications for Christian leadership.

2. Those who do not meet these qualifications must step down.

3. The church will not thrive if discipline of leaders is neglected.

Response: This is a timely post and well worth the effort to read and digest. The question that keeps coming back to me the last few days is this– Is anointing more important than character in ministry? Some seem to think so in Charismatic and Pentecostal circles. But answer is obviously no if we take the Bible seriously.         *Top

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The ‘Clergified’ Church

image I found this quote today in the MinistryToday magazine. It is right on target with what I posted yesterday:

“We have to recognize that we’ve created the system that we loathe. I don’t think the reason 15 percent serve is because 85 percent are lazy. We’ve created a system that glorifies the clergy and marginalized the laity. We got the outcome we created programs for. We’ve become ‘clergified.’

There’s a three-tiered structure: laypeople, clergy and missionaries. … All religions tend to create a class of people who are above others so 1) they can revel in that and 2) the rest of us can say it’s their job.

Christianity was started without any of those structures, and ended up like so many false religions do when they create a ministry caste structure. When we see real movements of God take off, they happen when people are free.”

Lifeway Research director Ed Stetzer [rev.org, 2/09]            *Top

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-Support for the Troops

Received this from Christianity Today–here is a good way to support the thousands of troops that are deployed away from home this Christmas season–a Campus Crusade ministry:

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Dear Ministry Partner,

A military chaplain recently wrote, "I have personally given out thousands of RDKs at no cost to my unit."

It is only with the support of people like you that Rapid Deployment Kits are made available to our troops. Campus Crusade for Christ’s Military Ministry continues to receive requests for an average of 10,000 to 15,000 Kits each month.

To learn how you can help place these Kits—each containing a pocket-sized New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs, a daily devotional, and a booklet that clearly shares the Gospel—into the hands of service members click here.

Or visit: http://give2.ccci.org/featured/rdk-ct4

Thank you for your support and prayers for our troops.

Blessings in Christ,

Megan Hawkes
Director, Donor Relations
Campus Crusade for Christ, International

Please feel free to forward this on to a friend.


All gifts are tax deductible.

©2008 Campus Crusade for Christ International
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"Advice to a Young Leader in a Time of Shaking"

J. Lee Grady has some great advice here for ‘young’ Christian leaders and old ones too -found on  http://www.godtube.com/charismatv :

(Play time: 6 minutes 31 seconds)

You can find this in printed form at Charisma Online: "Fire in My Bones": go to ‘Archives’ and click on the menu and find the article @ 10-26-07 – Advice to a Young Leader in a Time of Shaking.

Here are the main points that he suggests young leaders to live by:

1. Live a humble, transparent life.

2. Stay open to correction.

3. Audit your actions regularly.

4. Stay in touch with the real world.

5. Don’t allow people to make you a celebrity

6. Make family a priority.

7. Live modestly and give extravagantly.

8. Don’t build your own kingdom.

9. Develop keen discernment.

10. Maintain your spiritual passion.

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One Year of Blogging as a Ministry

Today marks my first anniversary of blogging as a ministry. I reflect on the beginning a year ago and my original vision in a post on my original blog– ANSWERS For The Faith.

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