Five Ways Ministries Is Like Farming

via Jeremy Mavis (via


“The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops” (2 Timothy 2:6 NIV).

This past week, my church hosted a “leadership summit” where we invited all the leaders of our church (those serving in all the different ministries of the church) to a collective gathering where we would celebrate, encourage, and exhort one another. The pastors chose the passage of Scripture where Paul shares some parting wisdom to his protege Timothy (2 Timothy 2:1-7). I was given 2:6 when Paul references a “hardworking farmer.” Here is the essence of my encouragement and exhortation to our ministry leaders at Hayward Wesleyan:

First of all, I am not a farmer. I have never farmed other than help my wife with our garden. So my observations come from a “rubber-necking” perspective!

But I’m a minister of the Gospel, along with all of us in this room… we’re ministers of the good news of Jesus… and ministry can be a lot like farming.

Here are 5 ways ministry is like farming:

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