Ministry leaders today are facing more decisions than ever before. We live in a multi-choice culture. And like a small hinge on a giant door, even the smallest decision can have the biggest impact on our lives.

The story of your ministry will be told through your decisions. Whether you decide to start a new outreach, add more people to your staff, or go out of your way to tell someone about Jesus, every decision you make is important.

Here are six tests to help you make decisions that honor God and align with his purposes for your life:

  1. The Influence Test: Will it harm other people?

You’re a ministry leader, but even if you weren’t in ministry, your decisions would still affect others. Today’s culture urges us to think about ourselves and what we want. But God expects us to think of other people first.

Romans 14:13 says, “Let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall” (NLT). Everything you do impacts other people. When you make a bad decision, you take other people down with you. Sometimes it’s your family, sometimes it’s your co-workers, and sometimes it’s your church—it can even be a stranger. 

As a leader, you need to be aware of how your decisions impact other people. 

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