For 18 years I edited the Pentecostal Evangel, the official publication of the Assemblies of God. It was a weekly magazine that was printed in numbers as high as 300,000. With that kind of readership, the pressure was always on.
Our staff lived under the hammer of repeated and relentless deadlines—to produce a quality, meaningful magazine, faithful to the tenets of our Fellowship, every week. The stress could be immense at times. But God gave us great grace and helped us work incredibly well together. The members of our staff shared an incredible chemistry and harmony.
I believe there were four keys to bringing that about:
1. We considered one another family.
2. We prayed together … often.
3. We considered our work ministry, not just a job.
4. We laughed a lot!
I see this same dynamic among the staff and volunteers of Grace Assembly. If you are involved in group ministry of any kind, please consider those four keys. They will work wonders in helping you and your group be all God wants you to be.
Actually, these four keys are good in just about any kind of situation. It’s really just body ministry.
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:10 (NASB)
So, build relationships, pray together, recognize your call, enjoy your time together. God will be pleased, and you will enjoy the journey.