I've always wondered how someone can actually "outgrow" a ministry. I'll return later to see the answers people provide you with.
Maybe I should have rephrased the question.
If you have been faithfully going, yet still leaving unfulfilled service after service and your spiritual man is longing for more, but it never is filled at any moment.
A lot of times this happens when the pastor had reached a level and does not want to go higher, or some, don't know how to go higher, while your spirit man is searching for more, while they are somewhere else
I don't think anyone can outgrow a ministry. Now there are times when God calls you on the mission field, but that's not outgrowing a ministry.
When a person stop receiving from the Man of God, this can be a sign that something's wrong in that person's life, where He/She may be disobedient to what the man of God is speaking from God.
If this is occurring, then one need to check themselves to see where the fault is. There is none in God!
It can also be a trick of the devil to get you uprooted from the well of living water. These are what you call church hoppers.
They go from church to church seeking and searching for a word here and there. This person will never grow because he or she has no roots. A tree can never grow unless they get constance feeding. If you pluck a tree up from the ground, it will die.
It is very much so to outgrow a ministry, because if the leader is not going int he direction God is saying, but the people feel that yerning to, but the leader isn't and the people are constantly feeling empty after services then yes. I have been there myself. I checked myself, I prayed (and not jsut no one prayer or two) and the Lord told me to move and showed me where. A person who is a church hopper cannot grow, because they are unstable and leave churches for every little thing, but a humble servant will grow if they go where they can be watered. Sometiems some places offer a limtied supply and don't even realize it.
People want to always say the the member should check themselves, but some leaders are not checking themselves, causing a limitation of the word and deliverance for the people.
I agree! But this is why God says we should pray for them. If they're anointed, then we are not to touch them or do them no harm. And the worst thing we can do is speak out about it because our words have power to build them up or tear them down. Words have no geographical locations and they will linger in the air.
If we see or think they are in error, tell God, not people. God is the ONLY one who knows the intent of their heart and He can correct that which is wrong. If one feels like they are not being fed, yes! Pray about it. If God tells them to leave, before they do, there will always another door which would open before the previous door closes.
We have to be so careful not to be deceived.
God will never tell us to leave a place without providing a solution. Leave a church where I'm getting a little food to go into the wilderness to no food at all for a season? I'm not sure if I want to take a chance like that if a situation comes into my path.
Lord, give us wisdom....
That's why I mentioned my testimony, their was a door open to go.God showed me the door and opened the door. By all means, yes use wisdom. I don't think it's aways the leader, because sometimes it could jsut be the person, but there are always different instances: All are not the same. I agree with you woman of God.
Now, let me flip the script. The leader is doing his job, he or she is preaching and teaching sound doctrine, but the member has a greater desire to do more for the Kingdom. God opens the door for the member to share the gospel in other avenues. The member discusses what God has shown them and has done for them, discusses it with their Pastor and the Pastor rejects the idea and says the member doesn't need to do that. Do you think that member has went as far as they can at that particular ministry?
Wow, you hit the nail on the head. I would like to hear from others...
That's a great question. I know God works on both sides. He'll always give your Pastor a confirmation of the path God is taking you. Sometimes, God will show a Pastor, who is seeking God if that person is ready to go into the field. There is nothing wrong with being called, but we have to be prepared before we go.
When God opens up the door to call one in the field; there should still be a covering, a Spiritual Father as well as a counselor, sort to speak. We have to give accountability to our leaders even if God should call us to the field, first to God, then to our natural leader.
I don't see anything wrong with doing more for the Kingdom of God, sitting right there in the house where you was planted. God called us all out to the hedges and highways to tell about the good news of the gospel. Most people think they have to be called to the pulpit for God to use them. This is far from the truth. Not everyone is called to be a Pastor, but we all are called to live the life.
Our lives are a witness of the goodness of God. Pastors are there to lead, teach and anoint the house. The house are the ones who are supposed to bring in the lost so the anointing of the house would increase.
Good Answer Cynthia! But what if that Pastor has said nothing about a confirmation? lol this is getting interesting.
If the pastor is doing their job as far as preaching sound doctrine and fully obeying God and tells the person, no then maybe it isn't time. But if the pastor is preaching, yet disobeying God in the area of releasing his ministers, then there is nothing more that minister can do if they are not allowed.I've been on both ends, where I wanted to go speak, but wasn't my time and when it was my time and I wasn't allowed to. Always on the situation. Someone who desires to do more may not always be ready and someone who doesn't desire sometimes are ready. It's so many answers to this.