Admit That You Don’t Know

Early in ministry, I thought I had to have all the answers. I quickly discovered I barely had any answers. I possessed the Bible which has all the answers, but I lacked the personal experience and knowledge that were needed for certain situations. 

I have no problem now telling others that I do not know the answer. When I do not know the answer, I will often seek godly counsel. When I had issues in music ministry, I consulted godly counsel. When I ran into problems as a pastor, I consulted even more godly counsel. Those were days when I was treading uncharted territory, and I felt an extremely heavy sense of responsibility. The local denominational leader heard from me a lot during that year. Now that I have planted a church, I am reaching out to those who “know the ropes”. I am not seeking out the guys who have planted the fad churches. I look for those who understand that they are undeserving servants called by an awesome God.

Through yesterday’s prayer request post, God made it clear what I need to do next. He used people who walk with God to speak words of confirmation to me. What they confirmed will be uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but I know that is what needs to happen. I heard a pastor say, “God does not want you comfortable. God wants you growing in the Spirit.”

If you don’t know, admit it. Seek Scripture and wise counsel. Be prepared that God will call you to do something out of your comfort zone. But understand this – God has your best interest and spiritual growth at heart.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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