God never calls you to a mission that is more important than the people on your team. Because no such mission exists. A leader might be tempted to think, “Good riddance, they never did have complete buy-in with our vision.” “They just couldn’t keep up.” “We outgrew them.” “They always resisted everything we ever did.” “They got offended over nothing.” You are not viewing rightly this matter.

To qualify my meaning, I am not speaking of people God sends you for a limited period of time, and whom He calls after a season to the next leg in their assignment. When God calls people in your ranks to move on, release them freely and celebrate them. Allow no control or witchcraft to taint anything in your leadership style.

I am speaking here of people God calls to labor with you in the mission but who end up leaving for unnecessary reasons. It’s not possible to have a mission that is more important than the eternal souls God grants you to help with the mission. As Jesus said of the Twelve, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled” (John 17:12). While Jesus was busy changing the entire world, He did not lose any of the team members God had given Him (except the son of perdition).

Always be mindful that the people on your team are the very embodiment of the mission to which you’ve been called. Love them to the end.



Don’t assume the fatherless will be dysfunctional parents for lack of parental influence.  Parenting is mastered by connecting with the fatherhood of Abba Father.  Furthermore, fatherlessness can actually prepare for parenting:

“So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh.”  ~ Genesis 45:8

It was Joseph’s fatherlessness in prison that prepared him to be a father to Pharaoh.  In prison, Joseph had to find God as his Father.  That’s what made him a father to Pharaoh.

An excerpt from Minute Meditations


All too easily we handle our ministries like a business, measuring  success by things like numbers, finances, profile, and “Likes.” But to Jesus, ministry to His church is not business. It’s personal. This short film is a gripping call to anyone involved in ministry or servant leadership in the church.

If you are impacted by the message in this short film, you may want to check out my book by the same title, “It’s Not Business, It’s Personal”.

Film created by Joel Sorge
Music by Bob Powers and JoJo Riddering

Special thanks to Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City for opening their sanctuary for filming.