Advice on starting a ministry

My desire to write to encourage others was born out of a time of tears and anxiety.

About 20 years ago, we had two children, two years apart. I had grown up with siblings that were several years older than me, and I had hoped that my kids would be close in both age and relationship, which they are. But those years of being pregnant, trying to figure out motherhood, being away from extended family, and being a family in ministry – those years were tough for me. I felt overwhelmed by trying to be the perfect everything to everyone and it just wasn’t sustainable. My anxiety and worries grew and I had to reach out to others for the help I needed to get through that time.

One practice that helped me during that time was to write for 15 minutes a day. I was writing to an imaginary audience who was just as overwhelmed as I was. It ended up reminding me of the truth in God’s Word and that He is the source of my strength (Ephesians 6:10). I never did share these written words with anyone at the time but I wish that I had.

Today I am actively trying to grow my ministry of writing, and have had to figure out a lot of details on my own. I have made some mistakes and I have felt stalled out as I try to figure out how to at least have this ministry be self-sustaining financially. That is why I was grateful to see the Ministry to Business guide (affiliate link) come along. It was recently released by four veteran Christian industry insiders, Lisa-Jo Baker, Becky Kopitzke, Jonathan Purifoy, and Katie Reid, who minister to people AND earn an income to bless their families.

Access 20 easy-to-follow units, like: an inside look at book publishing, podcasts do’s and don’t, secrets to earning money from other people’s products, and how to take your speaking to the next level, and so much more! 
Areas covered include:
  • Blogging
  • Affiliate Income
  • Freelance Writing
  • Networking
  • Books: Traditional Publishing
  • Books: Self-Publishing
  • Book Marketing
  • Ancillary Products
  • Speaking
  • Coaching
  • Podcasting
  • YouTube
  • Design
  • Canva Templates
  • Online Course
  • Sales Funnels
  • Online Advertising
  • How to Promote
  • Managing Your Money
In addition, the Ministry to Business Guide gives you access to sanity-saving spreadsheets for tracking all your finances. Fill-in-the-blank templates are also included, like: speaker contracts, media kits, and a book proposal template.
What if you only plan on writing instead of speaking, or vice versa? As someone who doesn’t plan on being a speaker, I still found plenty of value and inspiration in this resource. I found myself brainstorming after I read the whole guide in one day.
What if you are only starting out? All the better! Some of this will be for down the road, but there is a lot of great advice for those starting out, and can be fantastic as you set goals for your ministry.
I thought ministry was supposed to be out of the goodness of your heart. How can you mix ministry and business? I would never suggest that anyone get in to ministry to make money. However, there can be a lot of costs associated with running a ministry. There are people putting full-time and part-time hours into their ministry who then don’t have that time to put into a full-time or part-time job. Honestly, with many of these ministries, a good deal of it is free or low-cost. Remember, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:18.
If you are interested in learning more about this valuable guide, please visit the Ministry to Business Guide page. This is an affiliate link, so if you do purchase through this link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. However, even without the affiliate program, this is a resource I would recommend to writers and speakers who are starting out, are early in their journey, or even have some experience under their belt. There’s a lot of valuable information organized in a concise and easy-to-read manner, and it is well worth the summer special price of $29!

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