How do I respond when attacked for my faith on social media?
by Kristi Lemley on April 12th, 2021
How should I respond when attacked on social media for my faith?Kristi’s Answer-This is a short response.Do not engage with anyone who is attacking your faith on social media. People troll for Christians in order to verbally harass them. This type of behavior is meant to distract, discourage, and anger you. Do not engage with individuals who just want to stir up strife. These type of people do not...
How do I handle conflict with a supervisor or someone above me in ministry?
by Cheryl Kopmann on April 8th, 2021
Kristi’s Answer-This is a great question and our response reveals more about our character than it does anything else. The situations may vary, but the answer remains the same. (Matthew 18:15-17)First, go and talk to the person who the conflict is with. This is the Biblical response. I encourage people to write down key points they want to address. This removes emotions from the situation and help...
How do I deal with burnout?
by Cheryl Kopmann on April 5th, 2021
Kristi’s answer-The main answer is rest and to get alone with the Lord. If this isn’t done, then tragedy can strike. I believe this is one reason men and women leave ministry or quit volunteering.Elijah had just witnessed a mighty miracle on top of Mount Carmel. Yet, he ran out of fear when threatened by Jezebel. Why? He was worn out. The scripture states he ran to the entrance of Jezreel (1 Kings...
How do I step out when I am nervous?
by Kristi Lemley on March 25th, 2021
What can I do when I feel nervous about stepping out?Kristi's Answer:First, I want to mention you are in good company. There are a lot of people who feel a little nervous when speaking in front of others, beginning that new ministry, or answering a friend's question about the Bible. This is normal. The issue is not necessarily an issue of fear, but healthy reverence for the holiness of what is occ...
How do I balance personal life with ministry?
by Cheryl Kopmann on March 22nd, 2021
Kristi’s Answer-I want to begin by stating it is not necessary to separate the two for most people. Ministry will flow from a life surrendered to the Lord. I think we need to stop delineating actions of preaching on a platform and sharing the love of Jesus at a grocery store. Both are ministry.That being said, if you are employed at a church or ministry recognize that there are different seasons y...
How do doors open for ministry?
by Cheryl Kopmann on March 18th, 2021
Kristi’s Answer-We all want to make a difference and share Jesus with others. We were created for purpose. However, you and I cannot open doors on our own. Sure, we can network with others and self-promote, but only the Lord creates divine opportunities which last.I would encourage you with another question- who are you serving? If we look at Biblical examples, we see Elisha served Elijah, Joshua ...
How do I keep going when I feel like giving up?
by Cheryl Kopmann on March 15th, 2021
Kristi’s answer:Have you ever pulled a muscle or hurt something and someone said to walk it out? I know I have. That’s where I am right now and I know some of you are too.Times of pain or stretching (because of good things) cause us to self-reflect and look in the faith mirror. Honestly, sometimes I don’t like what I see within myself. I think you might feel the same. This isn’t condemnation, but ...
What does it mean to be available to God?
by Cheryl Kopmann on March 11th, 2021
What does it mean to be available to God?Kristi’s Answer-This is such a great question. There are times we pray for open doors for ministry opportunities, but I think the Lord just wants us to be available whenever. If we reflect on the life of Christ, He walked and talked with people. Meetings broke out in homes, in the marketplace, on the roads, and by the water. In our modern culture, we think ...
How do I stay focused on my purpose.
by Kristi Lemley on March 8th, 2021
How do I stay focused on my calling?There are so many things vying for our attention each and every day. It is so easy to become distracted and get pulled away from keeping the Lord first in our thoughts and actions. The question often becomes, “how do I refocus” instead of how do I stay focused.We need to renew our minds daily. Diving into the word of God is essential to keeping Him first. That’...
How to not take rejection of the Gospel personal
by Kristi Lemley on March 4th, 2021
How do you not feel rejected when you share Jesus with someone and they refuse to accept Him?Kristi’s Answer-This is a great question. There are two answers-a macro level and a micro one.On a macro scale- big picture, we need to remember that Jesus was rejected also. Not everyone recognizes their need for a Savior. Plus, people reject the Gospel because they think the Bible is “intolerant” and “ou...
How do I wait?
by Kristi Lemley on March 1st, 2021
What do I do while I wait for the next ministry opportunity?Kristi’s Answer:I get this question frequently. I think waiting occurs most of our life. We hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait.There is a two-fold answer to this question. First, continue to press into the Lord. Fight the temptation to become discouraged or want to give up. The enemy knows patience is difficult for most of us so he bomb...
How do I pray for someone to be healed when the last person I prayed for died?
by Kristi Lemley on February 26th, 2021
How do I pray for someone to be healed when the last person I prayed for died?Kristi’s Answer-I have been in this place multiple times. The scripture that gives me peace is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” We must recognize that God is sovereign and His will trumps e...