East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 2001, Covering the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe

Lessons for Ministry from the Life and Example of Peter Deyneka, Jr.

Mark Elliott

1. Be single-minded and focused in devotion to Christ and in witnessing to his Truth.

2. Love and respect those whom you seek to reach with the gospel.

3. In cross-cultural ministry, concentrate on ways to assist nationals to reach fellow nationals.

4. Say what you mean and do what you say you will do.

5. Never exaggerate one's accomplishments.  Give no concern for who receives credit for God's work well done.  Do not seek recognition, but if it comes, point always to Christ, our true enabler.

6. Encourage and value others, assisting them in realizing their unique gifts and potential in ministry. Concentrate on building one another up, rather than tearing one another down.

7. Be a peacemaker, concentrating on bringing people together and on reconciling differences.

8. Partner and network whenever possible because more can be accomplished together than in isolation.

9. Be open to insights and fresh approaches to ministry from any and every quarter.

10. Recognize that research and various academic disciplines have much to contribute to evangelism and missions.

11. Be open to counsel from others, especially a spouse, who can provide wisdom, perspective, and needed corrective to any leader's creeping assumption that "my way must be the right way."

12. Be so preoccupied in the Lord's work that there will be no time to dwell on, or be handicapped by, real or perceived ill treatment.

13. Honor equally the gifts of the visionary, capable of mapping out the big picture, and the pragmatist, intent on realizing results as soon as possible.

14. Be of good cheer.  We worship a mighty God and we have every reason for joy and hope in serving him.

Mark Elliott, "Lessons for Ministry from the Life and Example of Peter Deyneka, Jr.," East-West Church & Ministry Report 9 (Winter 2001), 6.

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