Daniel Lee Black is an extraordinary man of God who carries a very special and unique part of the Father’s heart. I just met him but you know, that you know, that you know, that you met somebody special in the Spirit, the moment you meet them! Daniel Lee Black is one of them! Genuine to the core, loving to the most, and hungry for the Lord; Daniel Lee Black is a world changer and a friend of many.
When I read this post on his Facebook page, I knew that this needed to be shared on an even wider and larger scale. So I reposted his Facebook post as a Blog post on my website, to do just that.
I pray that you will be blessed, as you read this post by Daniel Lee Black, titled, “10 Lessons to Young and Upcoming Itinerates and Ministers.”
To young and upcoming itinerates and ministers…
Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned over the last 11 years of itinerate and pastoral ministry. You may not agree with or like my insight, but I feel it important to share anyway.
1. Don’t build your own platform. Allow God to build your ministry. It might take longer than you want, but it is a lot less stress and hard work when He does the majority of the work and promotion. Any door you open, you have to maintain. 11 years into ministry I’ve found 90% of my invitations come through long term built relationships and word of mouth from ministries/churches/organizations that have been blessed through my ministry.
2. Build relationships. Don’t fly in, do your thing, and fly out. Build long term relationships with the ministries you go to serve. Chances of you being invited back will always be determined by how much you invest into the relationship. Good relationships enable you to see the long term fruit your ministry plants on your initial trip.
3. Don’t say no to small churches. Your greatest miracles and encounters will be found in small churches that can’t afford your big ministry and places that crowds don’t flock to. It’s in the small that God will multiply. Often you will also find that smaller churches will go out of their way to bless you more than bigger churches.
4. Go with the intent to serve rather than to be served. Many ministries limit the reach of their ministry because of the requirements they give the hosting church or organization in order to serve them. Sometimes we forget that the greatest in the Kingdom is not the most powerful, the most prestigious, the most influential, but the greatest and most celebrated are those who are the greatest servants of all. If you go to serve you’ll find your ministry will blossom and you’ll be blessed. If you go demanding to be served “because you’re the man/woman of God” your reward will be minimal.
5. Don’t say you live by faith and require a certain number for your honorarium. That’s not faith, but having a plan B. Somewhere along the way we’ve decided ministry is not a tool that God uses to bless and grow His children, but rather it is a commodity that we can sell to the highest bidder. If we are to truly follow the teaching of Christ, the only thing we are to seek is the hospitality of those hosting us, the rest Christ provides and brings the increase. In 11 years of itinerate ministry, traveling to 25 nations, I’ve never once REQUIRED anything of anyone. 97% of the time I pay my own way to go. Many times I’m blessed with a private comfortable space to sleep, healthy food to eat, and a love offering. There have been a few times I didn’t receive any of that. Live by the principle that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
A NOTE TO PASTORS: As someone who has served in both itinerate ministry and pastoral ministry I would just say this: Remember that itinerate ministers often leave their families for an extended time and have traveled many miles to come be a blessing to you and your congregation. They come as a representative of Christ. Treat them as you would an ambassador from another nation. Go out of your way to bless them and compensate them well for their time so they can feed their families and pay their bills. It’s a good practice to have a set minimum honorarium to give on top of a love offering to bless invited ministers. If you can afford it, pay for their flight and hotel. Also it’s good to find out what is the best way to feed and house them that will be a blessing to them. As a pastor I try to operate from the principle of reciprocal blessing. I want someone to leave as blessed or more blessed than what they’ve blessed me and my congregation with in every way imaginable. I also look at all visiting ministries as an investment into my people. I want my people to walk in what this ministry carries, so I’m willing to make an investment to see it happen.
6. Get a fresh word for every place you minister. It’s easy when you’re traveling to preach the same thing over and over until it is memorized. The problem is that eventually the regurgitated message becomes stale bread, and it also is likely that is NOT what Jesus is saying to that congregation. Take time to see what message Jesus has for each place you go to minister and watch God do wonders. Equally be submissive to the leadership of the church/organization that you’re ministering too. Don’t insist on just doing it your way. Holy Spirit is bigger than you and them, as long as you’re yielded to Him above all else, you will always see people blessed.
7. Go for the one. I’ve found over the years that as I travel, though I’m there to minister to a group of people, there is nearly ALWAYS a single person I am on assignment for when I go somewhere. They will likely experience the biggest breakthrough you see on a trip. Jesus sends us into the nations to find just one.
8. Don’t skip out on the worship. This is important as a lot of speakers do this. The worship time is your time to become a living sacrifice and to be consumed by Him. It is also your time to engage what is happening spiritually in a place before speaking. Don’t miss this valuable time!
9. Don’t spend the majority of your time trying to sell your products. No body wants to hear 30 minutes of commercials. It’s good to have resources to leave behind with people, equally if you’re that incredible of a minister, you won’t need to promote your products. People will be sold on the quality of the anointing you carry, not the commercial for the book you wrote.
10. If you really want your message and ministry to make an impact go for those hungry to learn rather than the multitudes who do nothing. Give me 20 people who will run with the tools I give them rather than a thousand spectators. A thousand spectators seem pretty impressive on your resume, but they do nothing to advance the Kingdom and do nothing with the impartation you give. Jesus put it this way, don’t cast your pearls before swine.
A final word of advice is to remember why we do what we do as ministers. We are about our Father’s business. We go to serve, build, equip and empower His children. We go that the Lamb may receive the reward of His suffering. We go so that we to may learn and grow more into the very likeness of Jesus. We go so that we can learn to love as He loves.
This article post is written by Daniel Lee Black, June 8, 2016 on his Facebook page, retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/takeustotheriver?fref=ts
About Daniel Lee Black:
Daniel is the founding director of Love Fest Global, a not-for-profit compassion organization, and currently is leading their base of operations in Hong Kong, serving the needs of the poor, broken and destitute, while preaching the Gospel of Love. Daniel is also an often sought out speaker and has spoken in thousands of gatherings around the world inspiring and empowering people to live loved and to live love. Daniel is currently on the core leadership team of Roundtable Church in Hong Kong under the leadership of Jason and Julianna Young and previously has served as the Missions director and still currently is a part-time preaching pastor for His House Fellowship in McArthur, CA. under the leadership of Steve and Dalene Black. He also serves on the Ordination Council for His House Fellowship.