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The Necessity of Pruning (EditED) (add Bible verses in the beginning)

Bible verses.

When I started working in ministry, I believed that if I did more things, I would get more results.

This can sometimes be the case, but most pastors are already doing far more than they should be.

When I discovered that some very specific actions made a huge difference in the lives of my youth, while other actions made essentially no difference, I asked myself why I had been spending so much time, energy, and resources on actions that made no impact.

Instead, I should eliminate the actions that created no fruit and focus all my resources on the fruit-bearing activities.

If your ministry isn’t bearing the fruit you had hoped for, then you are spending too many church resources on unfruitful endeavors.

The thought of pruning your ministry can be very painful. How could you kill the outreach ministry that you and your leaders poured your heart and soul into?

But this is the very reason most older ministries are bloated with too many unfruitful programs.

As your ministry is pruned, something else will begin to happen. Suddenly, you will find that you are less stressed and have more time available, because there are fewer things to attend to.

Your ability to focus on one thing at a time will be improved, so that you can give each task the attention it deserves without being distracted by unnecessary programs.

When you prune your ministry, you redirect resources that would have flowed into unfruitful areas of your ministry to instead flow into the most productive areas. This acts as a Miracle-Gro for your ministry, by supercharging the best areas while eliminating the rot.

Consider John 15:1-8.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”

If God is this serious about pruning His vine, then we should be willing to prune our own ministries as well – even when it hurts.

If you prune your ministry wisely, it will begin to bear significantly more fruit than it ever has before.

That is why we’ve included this section in the course.

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