attending the Promise Keepers Pastors and Church Leaders Conference
in Phoenix this past February, one of the greatest highlights for
me was spending time with old and new friends in ministry.
And during those times
of getting together, I especially enjoyed the time I spent with
a few good friends who've become an integral part of my life
over the past several years.
I was reminded of how
important it is to invite people into our lives and give them permission
to speak directly into who we are and what we're doing. In
a particular conversation with one of my friends, he asked me some
pointed questions regarding my schedule, commitments, and priorities.
If anyone else would've asked those questions, I could've
easily sidestepped any issues I didn't want to talk about.
But with him, he knew me well enough to identify what issues we
needed to discuss further.
After spending time with
him and a couple of other truth-tellers in my life, I was also reminded
that I needed to have a relationship with someone locally who could
be that same kind of person in my life. I quickly made a mental
note of current friendships that might evolve into that kind of
relationship. And I asked one of my friends at Promise Keepers to
bug me until I was able to say I had that in a friend here at home.
So what about you? Do
you have that person in your lifea friend of the same genderwho's
willing to tell you the truth no matter what? Have you invited someone
into your life who's more concerned about your relationship
with God, your family, your church, and your community than they
are with how big your church is?
With so many pastors
leaving the ministry today due to immorality, integrity issues,
or lack of people skills, don't you think it would be wise
to have someone who can celebrate with you in your strengths and
disciple you in your weaknesses?
In our cover story, The
Gift Nobody Wants on page 44, John Ortberg talks about how
important it is for us to have truth-tellers in our lives. I encourage
you to read the article and list the people who will speak truth
in your life.
Likewise, as a magazine,
our desire is to help you in your ministryboth personal and
professional ministry. And in order for that to happen, we need
to make sure we're covering issues that are relevant to your
life. We're constantly talking to, surveying, and sending information
to pastors so that we can make sure we're covering the things
you're dealing with. However, sometimes we're not sure
if we're on target.
One way we find out is
through your letters
or emails that are sent our way. If you've never sent us a
letter or email, please take some time and let us know how you feel
about Rev. Or if you're facing an issue where you need answers,
let us know and we can possibly do some investigating or direct
you to the right source. Or maybe you've found something works
in ministry that you think other pastors should know about. Let
us know that as well.
One way you can send
us your opinion is through a poll that's simple to complete
and easy to use. Just go to www.revmagazine.com and click on the
survey link. It only takes a minute and helps us refine the information
we're providing for you.
Let's all work together
in encouraging and challenging one another in ministry. Invite someone
into your life today.