Above & Beyond "Preaching"


“ Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3.20 HCSB.

Not long ago I had a major ministry crisis which caused me considerable grief. It was a “preaching” crisis. After honestly evaluating my preaching/teaching over several weeks, I came to the painful conclusion that I was a “mediocre” preacher! I cried out, “NO, LORD! I CAN’T HANDLE IT! HELP ME!”

No one told me that my preaching was “mediocre” but it was my own self-assessment. And I didn’t like it! Preaching and teaching the Word is why you and I are in ministry and in WMF. It is what we do and I have always wanted to be an effective preacher. Peter said of those called to preach to “speak as the oracles of God” 1 Pet. 4.11 NKJV. NIV says, “the very words of God.” Since God is “able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think,” I knew there was a wonderful opportunity for the Lord to fulfill that promise because that’s exactly what I wanted and was asking for. And our wonderful Heavenly Father came through! Let me pass on to you what He gave me.

First, the Lord reminded me that preaching and teaching is God’s business – a ministry of the Holy Spirit in our spirits and not primarily an intellectual exercise. It is an activity “above and beyond” our human ability. It is not entertainment, storytelling or giving a motivational speech though we all like entertaining and inspiring speakers and we do use stories. But preaching is different. It is proclaiming or teaching the Word of God by the Spirit of God who lives in our spirits. Paul said, “God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son” Rom. 1.9 NIV. He also said, “my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” 1 Cor. 2.4. I saw that I was relying too much on my wisdom (my head) rather than the Word and Spirit in my heart.

I believe in preparing notes and doing good study and research and I know we all prepare and present differently. But we don’t preach notes - we preach the Word of God. I found myself overly focused on the notes and less on the Word which hindered me from getting in the “flow” of the Spirit as I preached.

Next, the Holy Spirit impressed me to PRAY and PRAY and PRAY! The religious leaders recognized that the apostles had “been with Jesus” Acts 4.13. If we want to be effective in preaching then we have to “be with Jesus” too. How? By spending a lot of time in prayer! For those in full-time ministry I personally believe our prayer time should be hours each day. (“Hours” is plural so that means at least two!) If you work full time in addition to ministry you may not be able to but I know that since I have increased my prayer time, the anointing has increased. I am not placing a burden on you to pray a certain length of time because that’s between you and God. And it is not about keeping a record or score but quantity is vital. You may get tired, have other things to do or want to quit but hang in there for a while! I challenge you to try praying an hour, two or even three a day. In fact just this morning I was praying and felt tired, sleepy and had other things to do (like write this article!). But after about 45 minutes I stepped over into a different realm and began to pray with a greater boldness and confidence. You know what I’m talking about. It was nice!

Then, I was to “Consume the Word!” Paul said, “Preach the Word” 2 Tim. 4.2, but we can’t preach it if it doesn’t live inside us. Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23.12). The more of the Word that is hidden and treasured in our hearts, the more Word will come out of our mouths. The Word has to be a priority if we are to preach and teach it. I recognized that my time in the Word was not adequate and I had to make a change.

Finally, the Lord impressed me that He would help me but I was to give Him all the glory and all the honor. We all appreciate compliments but I want to be careful to give credit where credit is due. I know we have our part to play in preaching but again, we speak “the very words of God.” They are His Words, not ours. His Word does the work. If we are commended for a good Word preached, praise God for it!

I hope my little crisis has helped you. I am seeing changes in my preaching and I’m thankful for them. One is that I am less anxious in the pulpit because I am learning to depend more on God and less on self. Also, I have a greater assurance that I am feeding the people good food. Jesus said to Peter (and to us), “Feed My sheep” John 21.17. The sheep are hungry! It’s a mean world out there and our sheep need good nourishment to stand strong.

I admit that I am still not where I want to be or where I am going to be but praise God I’m not where I was! So, fellow preachers, let’s study, pray, lean on the Spirit, preach the Word and give Him all the glory. Then our preaching will truly be “above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us!”

Jim McCool

Your Personal Invitation - Meet Me in St. Louis!

World Ministry Fellowship is not only a wonderful credentialing organization, it is first and foremost a fellowship!

It is important, especially in today’s fast paced society, to take time to refuel, to connect both with God and with each other. In light of these things, we have been setting up regional events like the one coming up on April 13-14, 2018 in St Louis Missouri. We are still receiving testimonies of how incredibly powerful our regional event in the Northeast was last fall, and we are expecting this one to be even more so.

I am asking you to make every effort to attend this very important and uplifting event. Come experience the presence of God and be refreshed!

Our speakers,
Terri Clark, Darrell Sutton, and Fiifi Pentsil, are praying for a word from God for you! Come expecting a touch from the Lord!

Click here for more information and to register. Please let us know you are planning to attend.

We look forward to meeting you in St Louis,

Tim McKitrick

Hope, Joy and a Small Request

Hope, Joy and a Small Request

I am excited! Why, you ask?

Because I have hope. Hope that God will cause 2018 to be a blessing to those who pursue Him.

Thank God, my hope and joy are not based on my circumstances, but on God’s promised faithfulness.

My hope rises from knowing God is good, and that it is his good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. It comes from knowing that Rom 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” To me, that means that even though our circumstances may be challenging, God is working on my behalf to make things better!

My hope also comes from knowing I am surrounded by amazing brothers and sisters in Christ, that I am part of a loving ministry fellowship. What we share in Christ and WMF is precious, let’s spread it around.

This morning I received word from a newer WMF member that three of his acquaintances have finished their applications for membership with more to follow. His passion for WMF is contagious!

People join WMF because their friends or acquaintances invite them – did someone invite you?

My request is simple. Please ask those you know in ministry with whom they are credentialed.

It has been my experience that many, especially those in ministry for years, are looking for what WMF has to offer. If they are interested, invite them to join us, invite them to contact the office or to go online and fill out an application.

Please share your hope in Christ and WMF, you might be surprised at what happens!

Let’s start 2018 with a growth spurt!

Tim McKitrick

December 2017

Integrity, Challenges and The Power of the Gospel

As I write this email, I have just finished spending a very challenging week in court on jury duty with a rather contentious case. In doing so, I was again reminded how thankful I am for the integrity of the people around me – my friends in the WMF Family.

I hope I can adequately describe how this challenging week has reminded me of the importance of what we are endeavoring to do at WMF – provide community and fellowship, credentials and oversight, professional development and empowerment.

The court case on which I served as juror showcased the effects a lack of positive influences, character and integrity can produce – personal challenges, divorce, bankruptcy, malice, hatred, accusations of embezzlement, fraud and a great deal of heartache – but we have something better to offer.

We have the answer to the challenges the world around us faces on a daily basis – a relationship with Jesus, and the abundant life he died to give us – righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit – regardless of the circumstances in which we may find ourselves.

I am so thankful to be part of a life-giving organization that promotes Christ and his Kingdom, and especially at this time of year. I pray God’s blessing on you and on everything you set your hand to accomplish.

Wishing all the friends in our World Ministry Fellowship great joy!

Merry Christmas!

Tim McKitrick

November 2017

God’s Principle of Healthy Abundance – proper use leads to healthy increase and growth.

God intends for healthy bodies to grow, prosper and reproduce. That includes you, your family, your business, your ministry, and World Ministry Fellowship.

In the parable of the talents, God reveals his intent that we increase by our good stewardship. “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance” (Matt 25:29).

For years I only heard the negative aspects of this parable, the “use it or lose it” side of the message – which is also true. But by so doing, I missed Jesus’ revelation of his Father’s heart, and ended up more in fear than faith. I missed the point that God intended for me to increase! By implementing God’s principles of healthy sowing and reaping, God wants us to expect growth, harvest and increase. I believe this applies not only to finances, but also to the gifts, the anointing, and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

I grew up on the farm, and no farmer would expect to harvest crops in the fall that they did not plant in the springtime. Who would think of such a thing? Farmers know they must get that seed properly planted in the spring if they are to expect a harvest and its resulting increase of that seed in the fall. Good farmers rely on the laws of sowing and reaping.

We can see from this line of thought that the key to increase is in the proper use of our resources. Let’s put what we have in our hand to work - Our gifts, our revelations, and our finances. We in the church should be the first to expect a harvest from God on the good seed we have planted through the years. It is right to expect healthy increase from God on those things over which we have stewardship. Be encouraged, its harvest time in the Kingdom of God!

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, it is important that we be thankful for the amazing things God has done, and is doing in our midst. I am thankful that our fellowship is filled with the kindest and most generous people on the planet. Please join me in sending a huge thank you to those who supported the hurricane relief efforts this year. Your generosity resulted in many people giving thanks to God for his help in times of trouble!

In light of these things, I would like to ask you to consider remembering World Ministry Fellowship in your year-end giving. Click here to give online. WMF is entering a new era of service to the Kingdom, and your giving can help us plant new crops in the year ahead.

Wishing you much joy in the journey,

Tim McKitrick
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