Waiting on God; the Counter-Intuitive Ministry Growth Plan

On You I wait all day” Psalm 25.5

Waiting. This action is such a difficult concept for our society that it creates a job hazard to local Burger Blitz employee dealing with impatient customers. Another casualty is the Christian ministry organization attempting to grow.

In a production oriented society, waiting is counter-intuitive. Christian leaders are taught that we must have vision, put our ducks in a row and move forward. Trouble is, godly is vision understanding His word and that we are not the producers, God is. We are to be the instruments waiting to be used.

To wait on God means to stand ready for instruction. H.A. Ironside puts it this way:

Waiting for God is not laziness, it is not going to sleep, and it is not abandonment of effort”

We get caught up in the things we feel we must do to grow. And all of them are probably good. Our ambition drives us forward or risk appearing to be unproductive. Progressive ministry mindsets lead us to believe that we must aggressively change what we do to reach our lost world.

Here is the remainder of Ironside’s quote:

Waiting on God means activity under command, being ready for any new command and the ability to do nothing until the command is given”

My father’s advice to me going into my first ministry was, “Get to know the mind of your director and know how he thinks.” Waiting on God is learning God’s instruction, being prepared and acting when we know His mind on a matter.

Times of crisis may be averted by waiting first on God in making decisions. Resources will be better spent and conserved by being confident in waiting on God for His direction. More time can be spent on ministry first with better results.

I currently serve on a church Elder Board and appreciate how our time is spent in meetings. A typical two hour meeting begins with 45 minutes of Bible study, prayer and spiritual fellowship. In the next 45 minutes business is taken care of with ease and we finish early. Waiting in God is productive; the church grows from its concentration on ministry as opposed to any great plan and program. God has moved His people to forward by waiting on God.


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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