A Piece of Advice for Church of God MIP Graduates

Today is a special day for a number of my fellow Church of God brothers and sisters in South Carolina who have completed MIP. The Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) is a nine month intensive program for those individuals who have successfully completed and attained the first rank of credentialed ministry in the Church of God. In short, during this nine months the candidate and their spouse will sit under a supervising Pastor, meet each month in a class room setting for instruction, complete book work daily, and be tested each month on material studied.

This is a great step in moving forward in ministry. This program is draining, intensive, and can be intimidating. Having completed MIP in 2011 myself, I can say that I am better for having gone through it. Though it may be the things listed above, it is most importantly worthwhile. Paul instructed Timothy in our Holy Scriptures to “Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed.”

Having completed MIP you are now able to study and prepare for the next rank of Credentials in the Church of God, that of Ordained Minister. Remember, completing MIP should not be seen as an arrival. To complete MIP doesn’t mean we have arrived. It’s simply a fuel stop along the journey of ministry. If I had the opportunity to speak into the life of those completing MIP as well as those starting in ministry here is my one piece of advice. This is that one thing which we should hang on our wall and write on our hearts.

Don’t allow your passion for other things to be more superior than your passion for the Gospel.

It’s easy to get sidetracked in lesser important things than what we are called to. We are called to be about Gods business. His business is His word. Our life must be about sharing his business with others. No matter if you are full time, bi-vocational, or simply working in a field other than “church” work. Your greatest passion must be about the gospel. Share his word that’s what you are called to do.

Having completed MIP, what’s one piece of advice you would give today’s MIP graduates for their next steps in ministry.

Help, My Pastor Preaches too Long #OurCOG

Have you ever sat through a movie that seemed like it wouldn’t end. Maybe it was a class where after a certain period of time it seemed like you checked out. I am sure that if your a Pastor you imagine each person sitting through your sermon never wanting it to end because it is so engaging and life changing. If I can be so blunt, as a Pastor I feel like I spend too much time on each message. I am sure that many of those who are listening to us feel the same way.

I am looking for some feedback…

  • As a Pastor when your in the congregation listening to another speaker, how long do you want them to speak?
  • As a Pastor how long do you normally spend delivering your message, do you think those your preaching to wishes you would shorten it up a bit?
  • As a church attendee if you could be open an honest with your Pastor, what would be the ideal time for this Sunday’s sermon?
  • As an attendee, how long does your Pastor normally spend on his message, is it too long?
  • Please take a moment to leave your thoughts in the comments. I look forward to reading your responses.

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    I feel pretty sure I am…a procrastinator! I have heard some describe being a procrastinator as a good thing and others as well, not good at all. We procrastinator’s say things like, “I work better under pressure…that’s why I wait to get started/finish a project” or “it’s at the last minute that I get my best revelation/action plan for getting something done.” Whatever the excuse we procrastinator’s know that we were called to be quick thinkers/late night work doers. What made me post about procrastinator’s? It’s simple, I have some books out that I need to be studying and lessons that need to be finished. Chanelle took the kiddo’s out for a bit so I could work with a little bit of quietness around the house. I shut the TV off and turned on some music (His Radio 91.9 in case you were wondering) and planned that 6-9 would be my study time. Chanelle and the kiddo’s have been gone for about 30mins and as of right now I should have started with my lesson 13 minutes ago and well, here I am writing a blog post about procrastination J

    BTW – Getting started on that book work now…

    30 Days of Thanks :: Training

    I am thankful for training. Until May 2011 I am involved in a Ministerial Internship Program within our Denomination. The training is good but it is exhausting. Currently I have a couple of hours worth of book work on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday’s/Saturday’s. Also included is Monthly Seminars near Greenville, SC once a month on Friday Evenings and all day Saturday with tests. I also have to include that with having a full-time job (40 hrs/week), and a family (wife and two kids), the training is exhausting but needed and worthwhile. While there is a lot on the plate I am still thankful for training because it prepares you for the journey.

    Now that you’ve read something I am thankful for it’s your turn…What are you thankful for? Ready, Set, Go!