From time to time, I speak with pastors and church leaders who feel they have reached a dead-end in their ministry careers. Sometimes they are frustrated being in a church where there seems little hope of growth; other times they face leadership challenges and would love to move to a new church, but feel there is little hope for that happening.

If you are in the midst of a challenging period in your ministry, this reminder from Rick Warren’s Daily Hope newsletter might speak to you today: “How do you know when you’re at a dead-end? You know it when things get out of your control and you can’t do anything about it.

“When you’re stuck in phase 5 and you’re waiting for deliverance, you need to remember what God can do. The situation may be out of your control, but it’s not out of God’s control. When you face a dead-end, don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus instead on what God can do.

“Romans 4:17 says, ‘Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing’ (NLT).

“There are two things God does that you can’t do: He can give life to the dead, and He can create something out of nothing. If God can give life to a dead man, He can give life to a dead career. He can bring life to that dead marriage. He can bring life to that dead dream. He can bring life to that financial dead-end…

“When you face things that are out of your control, you need something more than a positive mental attitude. You need faith in God, because He can control it when you can’t. Most of life is beyond your control, so you need faith far more than you need positive thinking.

“The Bible says in Luke 18:27, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God’ (NIV). God specializes in the impossible. It’s called a miracle, and He can do it in your life! He is ready to turn your dead-end into deliverance.”

Michael Duduit

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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