MinistryLift's mission is to build capacity in people so they can increasingly love God and others more deeply and serve more effectively. We build capacity in individuals, teams, and churches through training events, coaching relationships, and a variety of ministry resources.

Eight Biblical Reasons For Sharing Christ With Others

  • Posted on: 4 February 2016
  • By: Randy Wollf

A few weeks ago, our family of six decided to move into a two-bedroom apartment in Surrey, BC. New Hope, a ministry devoted to helping refugees settle into life in Canada, recently purchased a small apartment building. Most of the suites are for refugees, but they also wanted some local Christians to move in to help with the ministry. We volunteered because we saw it as a great opportunity to live out the Gospel with those who are trying to start new lives.

There are many reasons why we made the decision to live with refugees. In this blog, I will explore eight compelling biblical reasons for sharing Christ with those who have not received him as their Saviour and Lord.

1. The Harvest is Ready

Growing up in Saskatchewan, I saw what happened during harvest time. Farmers would postpone almost everything unrelated to the harvest. Their focus was on getting the crops in.

In John 4:35, Jesus tells his disciples that the fields are ripe for harvest. My take on this passage is that he was actually pointing to ripe fields. Yet, walking through those ripe fields were spiritually ready people coming from the town to see this stranger who had known so much about one of their own. They, too, were ripe for harvest.

I believe that there are people all around us who are ready to take steps towards Jesus. We can help them.

2. God Does Not Want Anyone to Perish

God wants everyone to come to repentance. When you read 2 Peter 3:9, you catch something of God’s passion to save the lost. If God does not want any to perish (and they will perish without Christ), then He will draw people to Himself even as He empowers us to be His witnesses.

3. People Need Us to Tell Them about Jesus

In many parts of the world, it is easy to find out about Jesus. One click of the mouse can connect people with the Gospel message. Of course, some people do not have ready access to the salvation message. We need to embody the message and build meaningful relationships with people so that they hear and see the Gospel up close (and pray for and support others who are doing the same both here and around the world).

4. Jesus Said to Love and to Go

My New and Improved To-Do List

  • Posted on: 1 February 2016
  • By: Keith Reed

Every person has their preferred way of keeping their to-do list, but what most systems don’t have is a way of defining what item gets priority. Is your list arranged by importance, deadlines, or what’s easiest to do? The danger of not accounting for priority is that you might think you had a productive day, when you actually didn’t gain any ground on your most important assignments.

I recently adopted a new way of tracking my tasks that is based on Stephen Covey’s third habit in his popular book called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In order to “put first things first” Covey suggests using four quadrants to organize your responsibilities. I have been familiar with this concept for years, but had assumed his method worked best for big picture thinking and large project management. What I have found is that it works just as effectively for weekly to-do lists.

Covey’s Time Management Matrix captures how people spend time. The two defining factors are urgency and importance. Urgent matters require immediate attention, such as an approaching deadline or a ringing phone. Urgent things are usually visible and they act on us.

Conversely, importance has to do with results. You can be assured that something is important if it contributes to your mission or the goals that have been given highest priority.

As a general rule, we react to urgent matters, but important matters require us to act. 

Take a look at the four quadrants below and think about how much time you spend in each quadrant.

Here is Covey’s overarching principle: “Effective people stay out of Quadrant 3 and 4 because, urgent or not, they aren’t important. They also shrink Quadrant 1 down to size by spending more time in Quadrant 2.” 

But how can we do this? It wouldn’t be healthy to radically alter your approach to time management overnight, but there are gradual steps you can take to use your time more effectively.

6 Guidelines for Running the Christian Life Well, Part 2

  • Posted on: 29 January 2016
  • By: Randy Wollf

Every Christian has moments of feeling tired of living the Christian life. Thankfully, Hebrews 12:1-3 gives us several ideas for how we can run the race of the Christian life well. Each guideline keeps us running while also equipping us to maintain our pace. We looked at the first three ways in an earlier blog, so we will now identify the final three guidelines. 

4. Run With Perseverance

"And let us run with perseverance..."

I’m a sprinter. When I was younger, I was fast; but I was a terrible long distance runner. The Christian life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. We’re called to run in a disciplined and steady way that allows us to persevere to the end. The goal is not to get there as quickly as possible or by any means necessary. The goal is to stay the course and to savor the journey as you travel. 

Pages