whitefieldGeorge Whitefield once said, “The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down.” Most likely, yesterday was a day full of ministry and new faces. Hopefully, it was a day of encouragement for you and your people. However, if it was not, and you find yourself downtrodden and discouraged this Monday, then I encourage you to consider Whitefield’s advice. Do not underestimate the value of patience in ministry.¬†Yesterday’s sermon will not sink you in ministry nor will it make you successful in ministry. It is exceedingly rare that one sermon marks the turn around in the life of a church or a in a person’s life. Instead, it is the faithful ministry of God’s word over a great length of time that renews your people’s nature and restores life in a church. Take heart, brothers! Church renewal takes time.