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Eddie and Cindy

Writing as a Ministry

“Writing as a Ministry begins in the heart. Seeking God’s will for your work.”

God has used Cindy Sproles and Eddie Jones to bring us a wold of resources, all beginning with christiandevotions.us. Their heart is helping aspiring writers fulfill their calling, and the Writers Advance! Bootcamp writers conference does just that.

We left the last conference with a valuable tool, a book of all of the notes from each class offered. While it’s hard to determine which class was the best, today’s blog recaps a very important one taught by Cindy: Writing as a Ministry.

At the start of class, Cindy shared a quote from a very well respected Christian author, Alton Gansky:

“When you write for God, and you really mean it…your work may never show up on the shelves at Lifeway. It may never find its way into bound print at all. But when you write for God, when you write with the heart of a servant…you may find that your words are only meant for the guy sitting next to you. If you can accept this…live with it…grasp it…then you can truly write for God.”

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, devotions or Bible studies, or nothing at all yet, if you feel called by God to do it, here are some things to think about.

First, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I write for gain?
  • Will I write as a servant?

Just because you choose to write as a servant doesn’t mean you won’t ever have any gain. You may not overflow with monetary gain, but there are avenues to make a little money doing so. However, your biggest gains will be spiritual ones.

Know your heart and undergird it with prayer.

Never underestimate the power of prayer. In Psalm 139, the psalmist David opens with how God knows him, knows his every move. After spending some time in prayer, he closes this chapter with giving God permission to go even deeper, to know him in a way that leads him to a closer relationship with God. Use this as inspiration in your writing.

Write with compassion.

The God we are writing for is a compassionate God. Jesus had compassion on everyone he came in contact with, including those who nailed Him to the cross. Use the Bible as example for compassion, as well as circumstances you find yourself in.

Approach tough subjects by way of consequence.

That is, show the result of an action rather than preaching it from your soapbox. For example:

More than 1.5 million babies die each year at the hand of abortion. There are over 300,000 families longing for children who cannot have them. When babies die, these families lose once again.

Prepare to walk through the desert.

There will be dry spells; times you are forced to wait for publication, inspiration, or even success. Walk the desert in prayer. Seek after Him and He will lead you to an oasis.

Educate yourself in your craft and in your subject.

After all, you are accountable for the information you share. Read scripture as a whole and use caution to hold all you do within context of the Word.

Find an accountability buddy.

This is someone who can not only help hold you accountable to forge ahead, but someone who can and will hold you accountable for your use of God’s Word.

Write from your heart.

Dig at the things that bring passion into your heart and allow them to rise to the surface. Let your heart bleed where God’s heart bleeds and you will find gushing wells of inspiration and emotion.

Seek out ways to serve with your writing.

We often think of tithing as just putting money in the plate, but we can also tithe with our skills and talents to further the Kingdom. Mentor another writer and share your skills – these things show the face of Christ in your work. Be like Him. Serve.

We can learn a lot from Cindy and Eddie, as well as all of the “drill instructors” at Writers Advance! Bootcamp on how to seek out ways to serve with our writing. They have been such an inspiration to many of us. Let’s keep going forward as they have and don’t forget to keep us all informed of how God is using you to further His Kingdom.

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