How to Be Faithful AND Pragmatic In Ministry

by Ben Sternke on October 16, 2014

Is There A Faithful Way to Be Pragmatic About Ministry?

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” - Winston Churchill

Looking at the results and making decisions based on how it affects those results is called being pragmatic. It is a process of dealing with things sensibly, realistically, based on practical considerations as opposed to theoretical ones.

Should we be pragmatic about ministry? This tends to be a massively polarizing issue. Some feel the church has not been nearly pragmatic enough over the years. “What are the results of our efforts?” they ask.

Others say that being pragmatic about ministry eventually leads to the ruin and breakdown of the church, because in seeking results we inevitably end up abandoning core principles of faith. Thus we need to instead focus on simply being faithful, even if it means the results we achieve are less impressive.

But I think it’s a false dichotomy.

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New Coaching Opportunities Starting Soon

by Ben Sternke on October 13, 2014

New Coaching Opportunities - Ben Sternke

Coaching has been one of the most important elements of my own growth and fruitfulness over the past few years. (Because passion alone isn’t enough to sustain a life of discipleship.)

Being invested in week after week by an outside voice has allowed me to grow in my capacity to build a Jesus-shaped culture in my context that is simple and sticky enough to be readily reproducible and powerfully transformative.

Seeing the benefits of coaching in my own life is the main reason I became a coach for others a few years ago. Helping others get breakthrough in their homes, churches, and businesses is one of the great joys of my life.

I wanted to let you know that I will be starting two new Coaching Huddles soon.

What you’ll learn is how to make disciples of Jesus in any context using memorable, reproducible tools that are proven, practical and powerful.

If you’re interested, please contact me ASAP, as these tend to fill up quickly. Read on for more detailed information about the coaching process:

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Hearing God’s Promises and Possessing the Land

September 15, 2014
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Living in faith (not fear or flesh) means we hear God’s promises and move out to take possession of them. Both hearing and doing are part of it

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Why Passion Isn’t Enough For Discipleship

July 18, 2014
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Passion isn’t enough to sustain a life of discipleship to Jesus. We’ll need something more if we’re going to follow Jesus for the long haul.

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How to Tick Off a Pharisee

June 8, 2014
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Today is Pentecost Sunday, a seemingly benign celebration in the midst of the church’s liturgical calendar. But it’s anything but benign. This is God’s revolution.

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Seeking One Thing and Finding Everything

May 12, 2014
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The key to finding everything you need is actually just seeking one thing.

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Is God’s Economy a Zero-Sum Game?

May 9, 2014
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When it comes to economics, most of us tend to think only in terms of money, and the common assumption is that economics is a zero-sum game.

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Reclaiming the Commonwealth

May 7, 2014
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Commonwealth means the wealth that is held in common with others in the community. We need to reclaim this word.

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What Are the Five Capitals?

May 5, 2014
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As we look at Scripture, the life of Jesus, and our own lives, we notice at least five forms of capital revealed.

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Is Discipleship All About Sacrifice?

May 2, 2014
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Should we really think about following Jesus as a sacrifice? What are we giving up and what are we gaining?

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