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February 22, 2016

Developing Ministry Capital

I was recently reading a book by Cal Newport titled So Good They Can’t Ignore You. The book is basically about how successful people are not ones who follow their passions, but people who become focused and craftsmen in a particular field with the aim of becoming “So good they can’t ignore you,”  a quote he takes from an interview he watched with the comedian and actor Steve Martin. In chapter four of the book he begins describing the difference between the passion mindset and the craftsmen mindset. He advocates for becoming a craftsmen in a certain field which is what allows you to build enough career capital to have the assets and foundation to be successful in the future.  He argues that…

“Regardless of how you feel about your job right now, adopting the crafstman mindset will be the foundation on which you’ll build a compelling career.”Cal Newport

After reading this book I began thinking of the areas where a person in ministry would need to focus in order to build enough career capital to have a foundation for success.

10 Areas to Build Ministry Capital

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God Speaks Through Wisdom

4 Passages regarding what the Importance of WISDOM:

Proverbs 3:13-24 – “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed. 19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; 20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. 21 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, 22 and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. 23 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. 24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

Job 12:12-13 – “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. 13 “With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.”

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 – “Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”’

Ephesians 5:15-17 –  “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

10 Ways to Live By Wisdom

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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Jesus – “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8) Our world is impressed with appearance, achievements or acquisitions, but the Lord is impressed with our ‘heart.’ “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) “Guard your heart above all else, for…

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