Fan God’s Gifts Into Flame

In every profession, there is always the danger of making a good beginning but then failing to continue to grow and develop the gifts and skills that enable the professional to move beyond beginning competency. Perhaps in no profession is it more critical to be dissatisfied with only initial competency than in the calling to public ministry.

This essay on spiritual and professional growth was written as a keynote presentation for the 2009 Southeastern Wisconsin District Conference.