10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Ministry

By Chad Veach

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1. LAUGH AT YOURSELF… EVERYONE ELSE IS.
Don’t take things so personal. Some of the most foolish times in my ministry have been times when I have taken things TOO PERSONAL. Which always goes back to taking myself too serious.
If you take everything personal in ministry, your shelf life is going to be about as long as an NFL running back – a few years of gold and then you’re good for nothin.

2. APOLOGIZE.

3. THERE ARE 2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY.

“Only a fool listens to one side of the story and draws conclusions.”

4. IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT.

If something is not working, fix it. Change it up – the service time, the flow of the meeting, personnel, systems, philosophies, etc.
Remember, “Wisdom is proven by fruit”… So if something isn’t bearing much fruit, change it.

5. WHAT YOU FAIL TO HONOR, YOU LOSE.

I’ve had a number of talented leaders with me through the years. Awesome, gifted, fun, powerful, influential leaders.
Whenever I lose a leader, I always have to ask myself how big of a role I played in their departure. I have to admit, a lot of times I was the “reason” why they left. Either I had taken them for granted, stopped giving them attention, didn’t release them in their gifting, etc. etc. etc. Whatever the case may be, I have learned to make sure I honor all people at all times.
What’d Beyonce say again… “If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it.” See what I’m saying.

6. GOD KNOWS WHAT I NEED TO HEAR.. AND WHEN I NEED TO HEAR IT.

Time and time again, God has come through at just the right time, to give me a “word in season.”
God not only knows WHAT, but He is superb with the WHEN.

7. TRUST IS EVERYTHING.

A great question to ask yourself as a leader is “Do people feel safe around me?”
You cannot lead people until you have their heart. You cannot have their heart until you are someone who is trustworthy!

8. IT’S NEVER WORTH IT.

Anytime you go off on someone, lose your temper, give someone a piece of your mind.. you lose.
Lose your temper and you will eventually, inevitably, lose your people.

9. FAVOR AIN’T FAIR.. AND NEITHER IS FAVORITISM.

I used to try to be fair. But then I realized that “life is not fair”.
Jesus had favorites. 12 He called “disciples,” 3 were brought closer than the 12. And 1 was his favorite.
It’s ok to have favorites. It’s ok to have a close inner circle. Jesus had one. And it’d be smart for you to create yours.
Without favoritism, there would be no passing of the baton. There would be no replacing yourself. There would have been no Timothy (YOUNG GUN) for Paul, no Elisha for Elijah and no Joshua for Moses.

10. ALL OF MINISTRY FLOWS OUT OF MY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.

When this goes bad, it all goes bad. When this gets dry.. everything goes dry.
When I was young in ministry, I worked hard at having a “DEVOTIONAL LIFE”. As I grow older, my focus has become a “DEVOTED LIFE”.
My relationship with Jesus Christ is my ministry.