Serve Strong

THE ENCOURAGEMENT CONNECTION:
A Resource to Facilitate Resiliency in Ministry
For church volunteers as well as vocational Christian workers.

Weariness from overwork, feelings of inadequacy for called tasks, doubts about the sacrifice ministry requires, battle fatigue from spiritual warfare, apparent lack of results, personal burdens – these are the kind of things that can siphon off passion and threaten motivation for ministry. Terry explains and illustrates Bible truths that have sustained him for over 40 years of full-time ministry. Historical figures whose stories illustrate truths in the book include John Newton, David Brainerd, William Wilberforce, Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, Saint Augustine, Hudson Taylor, and a legendary CIU faculty member, James “Buck” Hatch. Themes covered include:

  • Bible promises most relevant to those who serve the Lord
  • How God uses pain, delays, brokenness, and failure to expand our usefulness
  • Reasons not to “lose heart” in our ministries
  • How God’s definition of “success” in ministry differs from ours
  • How the basis for confidence in our service is not dependent on our own ability or experience

Discover why Robertson McQuilkin, missionary statesman and former president of Columbia International University, said this  about the book: “I can’t remember reading a more powerful book of encouragement for pastors, missionaries, and Bible study leaders. Well-written, fresh, penetrating.”

Find out why notable Christian leaders such as Stuart Briscoe and James I. Packer enthusiastically endorsed Serve Strong. Packer wrote, “There is a biblical counter to the discouragement that Satan foments among God’s servants, and Terry spells it out vividly and with proven authority. His book is a potent antibiotic for the Christian worker’s struggling soul.”

A former director of the Bible Teaching program at CIU, Mary Faith Phillips, said this after she read Serve Strong, “As I read chapter by chapter I found myself shouting ‘Yes!’ – sometimes out loud! Terry’s transparency is encouraging and my list of those to whom I’ll give a copy of Serve Strongkeeps growing. What needed words for those of us who are called to teach Bible.”

Available at Christian bookstores or online sites such as Amazon.com or Christianbook.com.

Serve Strong book

I can’t remember reading a more powerful book of encouragement for pastors, missionaries, and Bible study leaders. Well-written, fresh, penetrating.

Robertson McQuilkin