Pastor Levi is a firm believer in raising up others into the ministry and getting people involved beyond just going through the motions. At Highridge missions are run a little bit differently than you see at most churches. When a ministry is brought up to Pastor Levi that aligns with the overall vision of the church, he empowers them to start that ministry themselves.
There are 3 things he looks for when starting a new ministry, we'll walk through this list together:
Once a ministry is birthed, he implements the 4 P's of ministry as he calls it. Let's go through what these 4 P's are together:
Now for a little bit we will change directions to look deeper into Pastor Levi and his life. Being a father of three and a husband, I was curious how his role in ministry affected his day to day life.
For his personal walk with Christ he implements the 5,5,5 rule into his life. This is 5 minutes in prayer, 5 minutes in the Word, and 5 minutes in worship. Very often these run over the five minute mark, but it helps make sure that he is at least spending 5 minutes in each area. Another thing he said is that he likes to make sure he is always growing whether it is reading books, listening to podcasts, and studying missionaries or varies church leaders.
In the area of family, the Lord has showed him through experience that his family is his first ministry. Pastor Levi explained, in his early days being newly married, with a little child, working full time and being new in the ministry, he was constantly drained. After a season I left the church I was working with in California to head to Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. After learning a bit at school and getting involved with Highridge, the Lord began working on his relationship with his family and how to balance it and ministry. It took a lot of healing from being so drained from his prior work in ministry, for him personally as well as for his family. "The reason it is a struggle is because lives are on the line!" he continues, "I wasn't taking care of my first disciples, which were my family... God had really hit me." People are always needing help. Always coming with questions. "One thing I do is try to teach people to seek God themselves... I'll help them but then I point them to God." He adds, "My wife has helped me to learn how to compartmentalize."
"When I'm at work, I'm at work. But when I get home I have to switch my brain to all family... I can't just give them my leftovers."
Finally, Pastor Levi left us with a couple of his favorites. Some of which being, Good to Great, Simple Church, and Traction.
Please pray for Pastor Levi as he serves God in the DFW area through Highridge Church.