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July 18th, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

Temptations of Success (5 of 5)

As odd as it sounds, it’s incredibly easy for successful ministers to lose intimacy in relationships.

One would think that a person leading a large ministry would have tons of close friends. In many cases, the opposite is true. The “limelight” can often drive a pastor into a life of relational seclusion.

Amy and I made an intentional decision to do life together with several families. Instead of pulling back, we decided to push forward. It has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

How do you keep your relationships close?

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July 17th, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

Temptations of Success (4 of 5)

Another temptation of success is to “keep doing what you’ve been doing.” Maybe God blessed your “seeker style ministry”… or your “small group outreaches”… or your “youth pizza, couples skating, lock-in parties.”

Just because God blessed something you did last year doesn’t mean that’s what He wants you to do this year.

The longer we do ministry, the harder it is to be open to change. And the more success we’ve had recently, the more we’re tempted to trust the model… instead of the Giver of the model.

If what you’re doing is working great now, ride the wave. But, stay open to anything new God wants to do through you.

How do you stay fresh and keep your growing edge?

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July 16th, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

Temptations of Success (3 of 5)

Another common temptation of ministry success is “good opportunities.”

As God blesses your student ministry, kids’ ministry, or church, others will want to learn from you. Before you know it, you might have a few good opportunities. You might have an opportunity to write a book, or teach at a conference, or consult for a local church across town.

While you certainly don’t want to be selfish with the wisdom God’s given you, too many “good opportunities” can cause you to take your “eye off the ball.”

A wise leader will plan some boundaries to avoid the temptation of too many good opportunities.

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