On Being a Servant of God
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Sometimes people lose sight of the core of their ministry. They feel overwhelmed by the needs that surround them on a daily basis. Wise and beloved pastor Warren Wiersbe invites ministry leaders to listen in on thirty short "armchair chats" to encourage and strengthen them for service. He shares what he wishes he had known about ministering to others when he began his own...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Baker Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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" Ministry takes place when
(1)divine resources meet
(2)human needs through
(3)loving channels to
(4)the glory of God"

Ministry's definition
Ministry's motive

Luther: "Prayer, meditation and temptation make a minister"

Really good collection of thoughts about ministry based on the above quotation.
I'm reading this book for my Practical Christian Ministry class and it has been extremely awesome so far! Invaluable insight for every Christian in their service to the Lord.
Wiersbe began his ministry in 1956 and he didn't have a clear vision of what Christian work was all about. "Methods are many, principals are few; Methods always change, principals never do." Wiersbe realized that methods only work because of the principal behind them. (Wiersbe in my opinion is exceptional writer, love his BE series also!)

His four elements of ministry:
1. Divine Resource
2. The Human Need
3. Loving Channels
4. The Glory of God *most important

Our first step is to confess our bankruptc...more
Bendick Ong

Was passed this neat book which is actually a good pool of resources if one is thinking of encouraging fellow christians – mainly cos each chapter (wiersbe used “chat”) is around 1-8 pages long and capable of standing by its own.

Have found some that are real worth reading (which i marked with an *) and since the chapters come without a title, thought it would be useful to name them for future reference!:

elements of christian ministry 1: divine resources*
elements of christian ministry...more
Warren Wiersbe is one of those guys who writes so clearly and simply that you can question his depth in between readings. But then you pick up one of his books to read again, and you're reminded how of how wrong you were.

On Being a Servant of God is comprised of 30 short chapters on various aspects of ministry and servanthood. It is thoroughly practical, biblical, and wise, and filled with illustrations. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic, like money, criticism, enemies, bad days, loya...more
My husband and I read this book with other small group leaders for spiritual enrichment. "The thirty 'chats' in this book deal with some principles of ministry that I wish somebody had shared with me when I was ordained back in 1951..." states Wiersbe's introduction. This book delivers. Every chat is full of pithy wisdom and rich clear principles for life and ministry. Topics are diverse and include: defining effective ministry, avoiding pitfalls, loyalty, notes to the seniors, notes to the youn...more
Simon Genoe
Loads of truth but becomes a bit dry half way thru! Worth a read tho
Chad Duke
Must Read if you are in Christian leadership
That has a lot of good information about the challenges of ministry from the perspective of one that's been there. He doesn't offer easy answers, but he does not preach doom and gloom either. He's realistic that it's difficult, but it's good.

It's a little old school, so sometimes I had to reread parts because the wording was cumbersome, but overall, the information was helpful and encouraging.
Nov 12, 2007 Crissy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Christians
This book helped me to realize my role as a servant, like Christ was a servant. With all the psuedo-christian books out there about "getting your best life now" this one really brings it home that its not about living the "Good life" but its about living A GOOD LIFE for others and not your own selfish desires. I loved it.
From advice on leaving a ministry to encouragement to those entering the ministry, this book provides helpful advice for the pastor. Even the layman who seeks involvement in the church will learn powerful lessons from this book. This book is a "must read" for every pastor or Christian worker.
Jeff Davis
I recommend this book to everyone who is a Christ disciple. This is one of the books that has truly been influencial to me not only as a pastor, but as a Christian who tries to live in a way that pleases my Father. I have read it multiple times.
Book provides great reflection on your Christian walk and how to be better. It's hard out here -- in the world -- and the book acknowledges that well. Talks about being in the world without "being of the world."
Good and Practical advice for anyone in ministry or MINISTRY!! Leaders of any group or organization (who claim to be servants of GOD) should get this book and should read it at least once every six months.
Alex Seals
This book has short snippits on different subjects on, well, being a servant of God. I like what the author had to say, but to be honest, I cannot remember too much of the book right now.
This is such a soul searching book. I read 10 pages put it down and digest, then read ten more. It's that kind of book.
Probably the only book that I have ever read through more than twice. One of the best ministry books to digest and chew on...
Steven Potts
This is a good book to help one look at what it means to be a Christian and how to apply it to today's life.
Shawn Smith
This is a wonderful book for all Christians to read. It gives practical suggestions for real ministry.
Good book for anybody in ministry whether a pastor or the one cleaning the bathrooms. :)
Amazing book on HOW relevant this info is to my daily Christian walk! LOVE this book!
Deb Brammer
Fantastic book for people in ministry! I found this book enormously helpful!
Angelo Terminel
Each chapter in this book is like a well written and thought thru sermon.
Michael Newton
Great book for what it is to be a servant. Good one to keep rereading.
Whitney Alese
one of my favorite books on ministry. simple, direct and to the point
Every person who is serving in any capacity should read this book.
Such an awesome book. I might read it again.
Very insightful. Down to earth!
Helpful book on practical ministry.
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Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of the Moody Church and general director of Back to the Bible, has traveled widely as a Bible teacher and conference speaker. Because of his encouragement to those in ministry, Dr. Wiersbe is often referred to as 'the pastor's pastor.' He has ministered in churches and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Central and South America, and Eur...more
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