Apr 20, 2012

Tim Keller on the 5 things that keep his ministry strong

Tim Keller spoke at the City to City conference this week in New York on the difference between ‘inner power’ that which flows out of our relationship with the Lord and ‘external power’ that which comes from position, status or prestige. Focusing on ‘external power’ is deadly, but ‘inner power’ brings life and vitality to you and your ministry.

Here are his 5 things we have to work at, plan for, be disciplined at if to have independent, inner, source of power

  1. Private devotions – regular, consistent; morning  (40 mins), lunch-time (5 mins – recap), evening (40 mins), bed-time (pray with Kathy)
  2. Spiritual friendship – Christian brothers & sisters who hold you accountable. Intimate friendship. Hebrews 3.16. Who have you given the right to do that?
  3. Right kind of pastoral counselling – Regular evangelism, discipleship, helping others. Some form of serving.
  4. Study & reading – you’ve got to read your head off!
  5. Corporate worship – do you really worship in your services or are you merely the producer and director?



  • Hi Neil, thanks for sharing. Could you possibly elaborate a bit more by what he meant when he said “right king of pastoral counselling” #3

  • Sounds like it would be worth listening to the full talk – is it available online? Tried searching for it but to no avail.

    • Hi Andrew. I don’t think it was recorded. I know a book is in the pipeline but no idea on publishing date.

  • Hebrews 3.16 ?

    • Hi Simon. Should read Hebrews 3:12 and following. Thanks for spotting that.

      • No problem! Thanks for sharing it in the first place!

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  • Thanks for this post. I just finished a “Spiritual Formations” course and for me it brought to the forefront again the importance of the “inner life”. My mantra is, “I want to minister out of my overflow not my reservoir”.

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