5 Skills for Ministers of Encouragement

Posted: December 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

You don’t have to go to seminary be a minister of encouragement! Practice these 5 skills today!

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“Encourage one another and build up each other.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Build-up without tearing down.
Those who are discouraged need thoughtful words of assurance not judgement. Instead of a critique, why not offer them a reminder that they are loved, they get second chances, and that God has not abandoned them may be enough. Read: Romans 8:38-39.

Listen without answering.
Often the best encouragement comes when people know that they’ve been heard. Ministers of encouragement don’t have to have all the answers, just the special ability to be still and listen. Read: Psalm 18:6.

Console without fixing.
This especially hard for us Type A personalities who want to move from problem to solution without first offering a little balm to those who are hurting. Read: Matthew 5:4

Identify without owning. It’s helpful if you can search your own experiences to remember times you may have felt similar to the one needing encouragement. It’s not helpful if the conversation or the issue becomes all about you, what you did, or how you resolved it. Read Galatians 6:2

Encourage without praising. 
Sometimes a trophy just for showing-up isn’t nearly as important a pat on the back, time spent together, and offering some pointers to help out for next time. Other times, we simply may need to hold-up others so they can complete the very thing to which God has called them. Read Exodus 17:12

To do this week: 
This week, remember those who have encouraged you throughout your lifetime, or those who have encouraged you lately. Who are your ministers of encouragement? How have you been encouraged by them? Tell us who has impacted your life with encouragement, and how!

God bless you all as you encourage one another!
– R. Mark Giuliano

For more check-out Need Love, Hope? Let’s Build a House! or my sermon, A Ministry of Encouragementpreached at the historic Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

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