“Building Your Ministry and Your Home”
The Family Life of a Chrisitan Leader-Ajith Fernando
Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina
July 6, 2018
As we go about our ministries, making plans and executing them, we must not neglect our families. If you have plans for your ministry let me ask you are you also making plans for your family? If you are working in your ministry are you also working in your family? Ajith Fernando has a wonderful thought about this in his book The Family Life of a Christian Leader.
Nehemiah was a great leader who achieved amazing results through his costly service on behalf of God’s people. He left his comfortable position as the king’s cupbearer and went to Jerusalem to lead a challenging and dangerous project. He brilliantly led the people and completed the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, even though he faced huge obstacles. After he received the king’s approval for his proposal to rebuild the wall, he asked for “a letter unto Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into.” (Neh. 2: 8). Notice how he sought timber not only for all his work, but also for the building of his house— probably his ancestral home, which was in a state of disrepair.
Some of God’s servants who work very hard on matters related to ministry don’t give the necessary time for meeting important family needs— such as keeping the house in good repair or ensuring that the family has a house to live in. A pastor may be so busy that he delays taking his wife to the doctor over an ailment. When he finally goes, they realize that the problem is a serious one, such as cancer, which should have been treated right at the onset. There are many pastors’ children who are angry about their fathers’ neglect of such matters, which has caused big problems for the families involved. Sometimes these problems surface only later in life. We must not neglect difficult and time-consuming projects relating to the family because we are very busy with ministry responsibilities.