The Art of Motivation
Motivating people to serve is not an easy task. Ask any Christian leader.
So what’s the key?
This was a question from Josh (a pastor), to John Piper, in today’s Ask Pastor John podcast.
Motivation is an art, and like any art it requires wisdom and skill. And like any art, it can be done poorly. An agitated verbal assault from the pulpit may be an awkward spectacle that goes viral on YouTube, but in reality we know berating Christians into service by a verbal lashing from the pulpit is a powerless strategy.
Wise Christian motivation centers on joy, and it centers on joy because all Christian ministry has as its aim the increasing delight in God (2 Corinthians 1:23–24; Philippians 1:25; Romans 15:13).
John Piper learned this lesson firsthand during his doubt-filled days as a twenty-two-year-old student at Fuller Seminary (1968–69). In today’s podcast he says, “When…