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Ministry Greed

June 1, 2010

Have you ever watched one of those shows where the guys go into peoples houses who are hoarding all kinds of junk? They go in and buy the things that are valuable. Well I was watching one of those shows and it made me think of this.


Ministry is meant to be shared with others. Its does not matter what level of leadership you are in, senior pastor, worship leader, youth pastor, children’s pastor, lay worker, or parking lot attendant. In all aspects of ministry, the ministry was meant to be shared. Read the Bible, Jesus turned the whole thing over to a bunch of young men and women how had never really lead a movement like they were about to lead!

As you watch those shows you can see where the hoarders don’t want to “share” or part with something that has lost its effectiveness because they are not using it. Same goes for ministry. As ministry leaders, we lose effectiveness to make our area happen when we can’t part with or hoard our ministry to ourselves. We have ministry greed.

Ministry Greed is when someone or a group of people hoard, or hold onto a specific area of ministry and never let anyone else join in. It often comes with the thinking that they are better than everyone else. Of course people who have ministry greed would never admit that, they are far to smart *gough gough* PRIDEFUL. The thinking that they do it the best and that no one else could do it as good, always will lead to the hoarding of ministry.

Ministry greed leads to the decline in the every area of the church that it is happening. If the pastor thinks he is the best speaker and never lets anyone else speak, if the worship team doesn’t bring in new members, if the youth pastor only picks leaders that are “like” him or her, if children’s leaders have to be under 35 years old… the list could go on and on.

My point is, where an area is having ministry greed, chances are that area of ministry is suffering, is a growth barrier to your church, and is all around having a negative effect on what God wants to do in that area! Share ministry, its the way it was designed to be.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2010 9:03 am

    I love you Ben. Sometimes you are prickly, but in a good way – which means that you aren’t afraid to say things that other people are thinking and won’t say. 🙂 I had a very good friend like that long ago, and I very much admired him. He went by the handle of Cactus – hence why I call you prickly too. 🙂

    And that’s a good thing, at least in my book, but I’ve always had trouble with authority.

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      June 2, 2010 9:12 am

      CindyK thank you soo much for that. I love that you read and encourage me all the time! Thank you. Btw I wasn’t trying to be “prickly”, i have actually been trying to tone that down haha my wife has been reading haha jkjk

  2. Morgan Harper permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:34 am

    I think about this very, very often. Good points.

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      June 3, 2010 10:33 am

      Morgan, in what way do you mean? That you have been a victim of this, or you have participated in it? Would be interested to hear your thoughts?

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