Articles by Pastor Ed Taylor
When looking for someone to care for the church, as Paul carefully and prayerfully considered those closest to him, only Timothy sought the Lord first alongside of him. Everyone else he could think of wanted their own things, selfishly. Isn't that sad? Nothing halts the joyful progress of the gospel more than those who selfishly serve, not seeking the things which are of Jesus.
One of the best practical things you can do to improve your service is to be very observant, expectantly ready to take care of things that need to be done, without waiting to be asked. As you're observing, put yourself in the shoes of those you're serving and ask yourself. With eyes wide open, Spiritually sensitive to the situation, you'll have more ministry than you can possibly handle, ministry that the Spirit of God will direct you in.
The all-consuming mentality of "consumerism" has invaded the church of Jesus Christ. Rather than prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit, church leaders are more interested in catchy phrases, intelligent marketing ideas, polished plagiarized sermons, and packaged church growth programs to bring more people into their buildings.