Breath of Life International Church
“Except the LORD Build the House”
Leadership Summit 2011
Exposing Frustration Rooted Outside the Will of God
Psalm 127:1
 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in
vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city,
the watch...
Faith
 Romans 14:23
▪ …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Word of God
 Rhema
 Logos
 Romans 10:17
▪ So then faith ...
Divine Calling, Ordination
 Romans 10:14-15
▪ How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how sha...
The Agony of Flesh Dependency
The feeling of being upset or annoyed,
especially because of inability to change or
achieve something
The feeling that acc...
Two Sources
 The Enemy
▪ 1 Peter 5:8
▪ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walket...
Satan is the prince of this world
 Matthew 4:8
 John 12:31
 1 John 4:4-5
▪ Ye are of God, little children, and have ove...
The flesh causes God’s people to lose focus
on spiritual things, even when physically in a
spiritual environment
 Galatia...
What are some frustrations you have
experienced in ministry?
 MINISTRY
▪ Internal
▪ External
 PERSONAL
▪ Internal
▪ Exte...
What things/areas challenge your faith?
 Failing to reach a sense of achievement
 Lack of “growth”
 Difficulties with p...
A comforter… not One that frustrates
 James 1:13
▪ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot...
Psalm 34:19
 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the
LORD delivereth him out of them all.
1 Corinthians 10:13
...
Challenges faced by shepherds in America…Who ever thought?
In the US alone, approximately 1500 pastors
leave the ministry each month
80% of American pastors believe ministry
negativ...
80% of pastors say they often feel isolated
More than 90% of American churches have
either plateaued or are declining [in
...
80% of seminary and Bible school graduates
who enter ministry will leave within 5 years
70% of pastors admit to struggling...
Under valued
Under appreciated
Under paid
Undermined
CHALLENGE: Serving and leading the same
people…
Servant leadership = ...
The Bottom Line
Ignorance
Disobedience
Lack of Faith
Lust
Envy
Lack of vision
Lack of leadership
Lack of accountability
Lack of prayer
Lac...
Enjoying the Peace in the Center of God’sWill
1 Corinthians 7:20
 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he
was called.
Sons of Sceva
 Acts 19:13-15
Elymas, ...
Jethro’s Plan for Moses
 Exodus 18:17-24
Stephen SetApart
 Acts 6:1-7
Ephesians 4:16
 From whom the whole body fitly jo...
While a person may be called of God,
oftentimes, at least one part of their ministry
is NOT!
When frustration builds, Chec...
David’s Fruit of Sin
 2 Samuel 12:13-24
Ministries, projects and ideas must be birthed
by God in order to survive in God
...
Good Idea vs. GOD Idea
Matthew 11:28-30
 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
...
Romans 8:28-31
 And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called
acco...
Death by Ministry
Leadership Summit 2011
Cho, Eugene. Death by Ministry:Why is Being a Pastor So Unhealthy?
December 12, 2...
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Death by Ministry

  1. 1. Breath of Life International Church “Except the LORD Build the House” Leadership Summit 2011
  2. 2. Exposing Frustration Rooted Outside the Will of God
  3. 3. Psalm 127:1  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Ministry MUST be ordained by God Anything, no matter how “good”, birthed outside of God’s will, is in vain
  4. 4. Faith  Romans 14:23 ▪ …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Word of God  Rhema  Logos  Romans 10:17 ▪ So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  5. 5. Divine Calling, Ordination  Romans 10:14-15 ▪ How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? ▪ And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  6. 6. The Agony of Flesh Dependency
  7. 7. The feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something The feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals  Annoyance  Disappointment  Irritation  Vexation
  8. 8. Two Sources  The Enemy ▪ 1 Peter 5:8 ▪ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Flesh ▪ James 1:14 ▪ But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  9. 9. Satan is the prince of this world  Matthew 4:8  John 12:31  1 John 4:4-5 ▪ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ▪ They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
  10. 10. The flesh causes God’s people to lose focus on spiritual things, even when physically in a spiritual environment  Galatians 5:16 ▪ This I say then,Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  1 John 2:16 ▪ For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
  11. 11. What are some frustrations you have experienced in ministry?  MINISTRY ▪ Internal ▪ External  PERSONAL ▪ Internal ▪ External
  12. 12. What things/areas challenge your faith?  Failing to reach a sense of achievement  Lack of “growth”  Difficulties with people  Irritation with rules, boundaries and/or instruction  Lack of understanding  Lack of accountability  Lack of sufficient finances  Lack of support What is the root cause? Satan? Flesh?
  13. 13. A comforter… not One that frustrates  James 1:13 ▪ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  1 John 5:3 ▪ For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
  14. 14. Psalm 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
  15. 15. Challenges faced by shepherds in America…Who ever thought?
  16. 16. In the US alone, approximately 1500 pastors leave the ministry each month 80% of American pastors believe ministry negatively affects their families 70% of pastors in America feel they do not have a close friend 40% of pastors say they have a serious conflict with a church member at least once per month
  17. 17. 80% of pastors say they often feel isolated More than 90% of American churches have either plateaued or are declining [in membership] In American, approximately 4000 churches close each year 40% of pastors have considered walking away from the ministry within the last month 50% of pastors marriages end in divorce
  18. 18. 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter ministry will leave within 5 years 70% of pastors admit to struggling with depression Almost 40% of pastors admitted to having an extramarital affair after entering the ministry 70% of pastors say they study the Bible only when preparing for a sermon
  19. 19. Under valued Under appreciated Under paid Undermined CHALLENGE: Serving and leading the same people… Servant leadership = emotional suicide for a spiritual reward
  20. 20. The Bottom Line
  21. 21. Ignorance Disobedience Lack of Faith Lust Envy Lack of vision Lack of leadership Lack of accountability Lack of prayer Lack of power Physical fatigue Lack of discernment Failure to hear God Lack of proper, Christian fellowship Failure to admit and face problems Wrong connections Incorrect position Miscommunications
  22. 22. Enjoying the Peace in the Center of God’sWill
  23. 23. 1 Corinthians 7:20  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Sons of Sceva  Acts 19:13-15 Elymas, Self-Proclaimed and Self-Called  Acts 13:6-12
  24. 24. Jethro’s Plan for Moses  Exodus 18:17-24 Stephen SetApart  Acts 6:1-7 Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Don’t hate… DUPLICATE!
  25. 25. While a person may be called of God, oftentimes, at least one part of their ministry is NOT! When frustration builds, Check the source! Works will NEVER redeem what God has not called and ordained (Psalm 127:1 )
  26. 26. David’s Fruit of Sin  2 Samuel 12:13-24 Ministries, projects and ideas must be birthed by God in order to survive in God Abandon that which was birthed out of sin, disobedience and disorder Make room for your Solomon! ▪ Gateway for supernatural wealth, wisdom and strength
  27. 27. Good Idea vs. GOD Idea Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  28. 28. Romans 8:28-31  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
  29. 29. Death by Ministry Leadership Summit 2011 Cho, Eugene. Death by Ministry:Why is Being a Pastor So Unhealthy? December 12, 2010. Breath of Life InternationalChurch www.breathoflifeintl.org

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