What Is A Ministry Superstar?

Recently, I wrote a post called, “How Do You Become A Ministry Superstar?” that generated a variety of responses. Some of the comments and responses questioned the idea of a “superstar” and the negative characteristics that are commonly associated with that term. In an effort to clarify my picture of a ministry superstar, I thought a follow-up post was in order. I hope the following will shed more light on how I see a ministry superstar.

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C12 Group Material

In my earlier post, I borrowed the following three characteristics of a ministry superstar from a talk given by Buck Jacobs, founder of the C12 Group. In this talk, Jacobs was trying to communicate the need for Christian business owners and leaders to step up and use their businesses as platforms for ministry. Here is how he described those who have done this in a huge way:

    1. Ministry Superstars have a God-focused company mission statement. These mission statements point to God as they clarify the reason for the existence of the company and serve as tools to aid in the decision-making process.

    2. Ministry Superstars lead! These stand-outs are not the type to stand back and wait for direction from someone else. They are intentional and choose to take action on their faith. You will not find mere pew-warmers in this group!

    3. Ministry Superstars have an intimate, daily quiet time with God. Someone that fits in this category does not allow dust to accumulate on their Bible. They are so in tune with God because they are intentional about reading and studying the Bible and spending time in prayer every day.

What Other Qualities?

Assuming this is a valid list of characteristics, what type of person do you think you will find in this group? If these qualities are present to a fairly high degree in the members of this group, what other qualities do you think you will find?

Well, this is not an exact science, but I have an idea of what other qualities I think we would find. We are looking at a group of individuals who spend daily time reading and studying the Bible, truly seeking to do God’s will in their lives. As a result, the odds are high that these people recognize the need to follow the example of Jesus (1 John 2:6).

Other Ministry Superstar Traits

Following that logic, let’s take a look at the rest of the traits we could use to describe these ministry superstars.

1. They have an eternal perspective (John 6:27).

2. They submit to the Holy Spirit to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10).

3. They are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

4. They are obedient – fulfilling the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandments.

5. They come to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20:28).

Though this is not an exhaustive list, I think you can get a good picture of what a ministry superstar looks like. We are not (necessarily) talking about someone in the limelight with media attention focused on their ministry.

No, these people that we are describing could be business owners with just a handful of employees or they could have thousands. The size or fame of their ministry activity is totally irrelevant! It is more about their effort and activity in relation to their God-given potential.

Willing To Trade

A true ministry superstar understands that this life is a small segment of their eternal existence. They are willing to trade immediate reward for eternal treasure. They accept that, while still on earth, the following may or may not result from their Christian ministry:

    1. Recognition, here and now.

    2. Prosperity, here and now.

    3. Friends / Reputation, here and now.

    4. Rest / Comfort, here and now.

While any (or all) of these results may occur for the ministry superstars during their life here on earth, these are not their focuses or goals.

Ministry Superstar’s Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of a Ministry Superstar is really only one thing. It is one simple phrase spoken by Jesus when telling one of his many parables.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” – Matthew 25:21

Do you consider yourself to be on the path to becoming a Ministry Superstar?

If not, what parts are you missing?

Do you know a ministry superstar from whom you can learn?


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  • http://www.coachbrown.org/ Coach Brown

    Excellent identification… I might add that in the definition above I would add as others see Christ in them, like Christ, others follow in the footsteps of the ministry superstar, not because of who he or she is, but who he or she represents by their actions and attitude. “1 John 5:5…And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Likewise, Romans 8:37, “in all these things (vv.31-36, 38-39) we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Unlike Hagar the Horrible (remind me to show you the cartoon), a ministry superstar has no problem inspiring others to follow him or her. Thanks Chris, you are one to follow.

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Great point, Coach!

      I love the idea that others are following their example as they follow that of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).

      Thanks for the addition to the list!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Hopefully more than Chris can see the Hagar carton. Good points, Coach.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    In reading Scripture this morning, I was already thinking about how much do I listen to God and His direction. Your article is an excellent refocus for me and a great reminder of the target in life–“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Thanks for reminding me of your oft-repeated message–have an eternal perspective. I need the faith prompt.

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      You are welcome, Tom. Thanks for reading!