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MATERIAL ON LEARNING TO SAY "NO" IN MINISTRY

01/03/2010

Dear Pastor Martin, Is there a book you might recommend for a young 21 year old on the topic of setting limits in ministry. He says he feels compelled to serve if asked, then afterward feels frustrated because he thinks others will think less of him if he says no. I think afraid of displeasing people. Thanks for your help. Dan

Dan,

Thank you for your important question. I can recommend the following:

Charles Hummel, TYRANNY OF THE URGENT; IVP (booklet)--shows
concisely that our Lord not do what His family or friends, or crowds
or enemies wanted Him to do but what His Father wanted Him to do,
therefore He was not harried and harassed by other people's
expectations.
Charles Hummel, FREEDOM FROM THE TYRANNY OF THE URGENT; IVP
A longer treatment which seeks to build on the basic premises of the
booklet and work them into one's life.
Charles Hummel, PRIORITIES: THE TYRANNY OF THE URGENT; IVP--a
6 sessions study on the subject.
Kent and Barbara Hughes, LIBERATING MINISTRY FROM THE SUCCESS
SYNDROME; Crossway--a pastor's struggles to gain perspective on
ministry. Is bigger always better? Is doing more always doing well?
A necessary building block for anyone in ministry.
Ed Welch, WHEN PEOPLE ARE BIG AND GOD IS SMALL; P & R--gets at
the root of the problem that we care more about what people think
of us than what Almighty God thinks of us.

These should be plenty of help.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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