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October 9th, 2007

by Craig Groeschel

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Kingdom-Minded 2 (of 4)

Celebrate Other’s Successes

Someone said…

When your ministry is small, people ignore you.
When your ministry is growing, people are jealous of you.
When your ministry is large, people hate you.

As Kingdom-Minded Leaders, we should be the exact opposite.

When someone’s ministry is small, we should invest in them.
When someone’s ministry is growing, we help them continue to grow.
When someone’s ministry is large, we should celebrate what God is doing.

Let’s get practical. How can we show our Kingdom heart in our cities?

  • When someone moves into a new building or opens a new campus or ministry, we can send them a note or flowers to celebrate.
  • When another ministry gets good publicity in the media, we can email and congratulate them.
  • When someone is raising money for a building, we can send them an offering.
  • When a pastor in town writes a book, we can give them a good review on Amazon.
  • When another church hires one of our staff members, we can speak well of the church and bless our staff to go.
  • Rather than feeling threatened by the church plant down the street, we can pray for them, send them an offering, or invite our people to go help.
  • When a ministry becomes more outwardly successful, we can sincerely thank God for what He’s doing.

How have you (or how can you) celebrate others’ successes? How have others been a blessing to your ministry?

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  1. Oct 9, 2007 at 4:35 am

    How I wish this is what obtained in the real world. I admire this trait in you because I am convinced that it is exactly how Jesus did ministry. I have heard you speak about this often, and have heard stories (from others) about how you have demonstrated this style of ministry. I am persuaded that this is the only real way to serve our community as effective pastors.Sadly, it is not what prevails generally speaking, and my prayer is that this truth will grab a hold of our hearts as Christian leaders.

    This is one of my favorite posts that you’ve done in a while. Thanks again.

  2. Oct 9, 2007 at 5:43 am


    I would like to say thank you for your thoughts on this blog. I have benefited a lot from reading this blog on a regular basis. I am a 22 year old future church planter. I have been reading your blog for a while now and learned a great bit of leadership skills. The stuff I have learned from your guys’ blog is going to better equip me for ministry. I am very thankful for how the Lord has used blog’s to mentor and give wisdom to young men like myself. You guys are saving me from a lot of mistakes I could make going into church planting.

    Once again thanks for putting time into this blog, I know that there are many people who benefit from reading it.


  3. 3Bryon Leonard
    Oct 9, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Hey Craig,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom. I appreciate your leadership and those who have posted on this blog. This is touching my life in a big way. I will pray for you.

  4. Oct 9, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Great post Craig. There are so many great ministries out there. I personally have been having lunch w/ a pastor down the street from the OKC Campus, he has been in ministry for years. He is learning from some of our stuff, but he is such an amazing man of God, I am learning from him every single time that we get together…..

  5. Oct 9, 2007 at 6:40 am


    Great words. You’ve given me some new ideas.

    Here is what I think. It is easy to not like an institution (church, ministry, etc..) But it is hard not to like someone when you get to know them. In fact Jesus commands us to love them.

    When we planted a church N. Atlanta there was a pastor who was angry that we were moving into his “territory”–like we are IBM with protected territories. He never met me or knew anything about me. He just didn’t like our new church that had no intentions of attracting the kind of people who attended his church.

    One day I saw him walk into Starbucks and I walked over and introduced myself to him. For an hour he shared his testimony with me (that was amazing) and I never got a word in. But I gained a new friend. In fact a few days later he said he told his wife he had to come hang out with his “friend.”

  6. Oct 9, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Craig- This is sme good stuff, I can see a book title “Kingdom Minded!” I enjoy congratulating, reaching out to, and spending time w/ other pastors; especially outside of our ministry.

    This blogworld has been a blessing to me, my campus, and my team! We should speak well of other ministries and pastors on our blogs.

    When I have a weekend off my family attends Peoples Church, it’s cool to see what God is dong through Hebert’s leadership.

  7. 8Libby
    Oct 9, 2007 at 7:26 am

    What are your thoughts on ‘prayer breakfasts’ with local pastors and similar events? What roles do encouragement, support, and interaction play in relationships with other ministries.

    I definitely support encouragement and support of any and all kinds. I’m just guessing we need to be selective in our interactions to ensure valuable use of time, but we also don’t want to be snobs. :)

  8. Oct 9, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Thank you Craig,
    I know for a fact that you are living what you are talking about. Our church is a result of your heart for God’s Kingdom and we would not be where we are today without you and You were not bothered by planting us in the same town that you had a campus, you only cared about what would move the Kingdom forward. You not only helped us as a church, but you showed us how we should act as followers of Jesus. Thank you for your example.

  9. Oct 9, 2007 at 8:36 am


    This Kingdom Minded series rocks man! Thanks for being such a light for how we can come together and work together. I’m taking this to heart for our own ministry and hope we can partner and help others in our valley. I’m also referring our entire staff to this. Thanks for leading the way. You killed it at Catalyst! It was great to see you and Bobby and I’m so excited for how God is using you guys.


  10. Oct 9, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Once again…WOW

    As I have answered God’s call to plant a church, in the town where I live, I can’t help but remember what an island I use to live on when I was a pastor full-time.

    I am officially giving everyone an opportunity to apply these principles toward us, lol. I would love to have your prayers and your support. Feel free to follow the journey of Watermark Church on my blog,

    After being a pastor for 10 years, I left the ministry in 1999. It’s like starting all over and being a pastor for the very first time.

    For what my 2 cents is worth…the first thing we can do to be kingdom-minded (for those who don’t pastor a mega-church)is answer our phones and return our emails. Thanks guys and God Bless!


  11. Oct 9, 2007 at 8:59 am

    What a refreshing post! A God-minded change of attitude could change the world!

  12. 14Steve Kirkeby
    Oct 9, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Our church is small (under 150) but we have a large facility. We have purposely equipped our facility so that it can be used by a variety of ministries and community groups. We offer our facilities to other ministries at no charge. We consider ourselves a part of the larger community of God and support works locally and around the world. We constantly work towards being a Kingdom-Minded church.

  13. Oct 9, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Great post. The kingdom-minded stuff has been challenging and refreshing to read. I agree with Scott, I see a book (or should see) coming out of this. It should be required reading for pastors. Thanks for challenging us with this.

  14. Oct 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I am thankful that you, as a pastor of a large church, are so kingdom minded. I would guess that is a reason that Lifechurch is the size and influence that it is. Craig, I remember hearing you speak at a small conference in olathe, KS last year where you shared your ideas about ministry with around 100 new church planters (CMA). You are and were such an encouragement. Thank you for seeing the value in investing in people for the Kingdom.

  15. 18Martine Smith
    Oct 9, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    As church members, we can encourage folks to go “wherever Christ is preached,” and be savvy enough about Bible-teaching churches in our areas to be able to list half a dozen churches (different denominations) that someone might attend when we bring up the subject of Jesus.

  16. Oct 9, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I am just sitting back and learning from all of this…and just at joy in heart…

    It is good to see the interaction between pastors and leaders like this, sharing their minds, and valuable experience…

    It helps guys like me who are just getting into ministry to glean, and to grow…

    You know I am currently a new appraiser… and it is a hard business to get into…

    You must be supervised by another appraiser to even get into the business… and it is difficult for newbies to get started because, well, appraisers kind of pick and choose their own competition…(can you see how this can be difficult?)…

    I can see a correlation between that, and what some pastors must experience…

    It is really hard sometimes for new ministers to be discipled, and get pointers from experienced pastors.. because frankly, sometimes it is deemed as competition…

    I thank God for the generous attitude of encouragement, and support for ministers, and other ministries that you all have…

  17. Oct 9, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Craig - this has been a great series :) Can’t wait for the next couple!

  18. Oct 9, 2007 at 4:12 pm


    Great post! I think too often today churches become ’siloed’ in that we focus only on our church and ignore, become jealous, and in some cases gossip about the other churches around us. When what we should be doing is partnering in all things, celebrating all of our victories (since they belong to God anyway), and supporting each other during the difficult times.

    A new campus of an already large local church celebrated it’s grand opening this weekend with over 10,000 people attending their open house, which is simply amazing. I have to admit as a Mesa Lifechurch member it was hard to be happy for their beautiful mega-campus when we’re still in an office park, but I’ve already seen some family and friends impacted by what they are doing and that is truly what we are all here for.

    Thanks for helping keep it all in perspective.

  19. Oct 9, 2007 at 5:53 pm


    Great post…I only wish that more pastors, churches, and people thought this way. I have had the honor of being a part of leadership at one of the fastest growing churches, and I have to tell you that sometimes you are just SO busy doing ministry and “stuff” that you forget to slow down and celebrate what God’s doing around you.

    I was lucky enough to host a multi church group that met monthly to talk about various topics that each of us were dealing with…it was more of a round table type thing (which is rare in South Florida)…and you know what…there were churches of many different denominations, different sizes, etc…but when we all got in that room none of that mattered…we were just there to share, care, and celebrate what God was doing in our lives and in our ministries.

    It truly was some of the most amazing ministry times I have been a part of…

    Thanks for being “Kingdom” focused…

  20. Oct 9, 2007 at 8:45 pm


    Its easy to say we are Kingdom minded but sometimes hard to practice. Thanks Craig for leading the way in modeling this. Thanks for breaking the rules and sharing your resources.

    Its not only who YOU are it also permeates the culture of Life Church! You recently started your Albany Campus and we have been pulling and praying for them!

    Since visiting Albany I have learned and gleaned a lot from observing your layered communication, and programming. Its excellent! In addition, your rookie Josh is a strong player and it wouldnt suprise me if he becomes one of your All Stars. Josh was kind enough to share with me how you guys did small groups and since gleaning and applying that information we went from 5% of our church in groups to over 60% in just three weeks! Thanks again Craig and Josh for not just talking Kingdom but Practicng IT.

  21. 24Sheri
    Oct 10, 2007 at 9:55 am

    PRAY PRAY PRAY! Look at Paul’s example, He was always praying for all the saints! Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.

  22. Oct 12, 2007 at 7:40 am

    WOW! This is an amazing series considering Jesus promoted the Kingdom of God versus anything else, so I appluad you for this series.

    As for how someone has helped us, well my spiritual father and the entire church took a special offering several months ago for our ministry. It was incredible to see everyone wanting to be a part of what we were doing 12 hours away from them.

    And we are always in expectancy mode for what or who God is going to send next in our lives and His ministry to help accomplish what He has set out for us to do.

  23. Oct 13, 2007 at 8:42 pm

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  24. 27Pastor Nicodemus ayuma
    May 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Dear Brother,
    It’s like ihave been touched with your website and your plan for kingdom of God .I kindly request you to come and visit us here in kenya so that you can train my pastors,baptise and ordain pastors.Brethren my ministries has eight branches both in the city and western kenya region, please remember ministry in prayer.Even aplan of extending our branch to Tanzania and uGanda.