Women of Faith and YouTube
It's no surprise YouTube has become the go-to platform for women desiring to hear a life changing message from God. As more and more people leave the church due to various circumstances ranging from feeling hurt by church members to pastors teaching a false doctrine Christians are flocking to this platform, especially women.
I am no stranger to YouTube and understand why so many people gravitate to this video search engine. You can find just about anything on YouTube to watch from comedy videos to channels prophesying the end times.
It's no better time than now to launch a women's ministry filled with purpose to help overshadow some of the more worldly channels that do nothing but starve the inner man. If you are called to minister to women there are many avenues you can take to yield to the Father's will and YouTube is no exception.
But before you decide to upload and post your first video there are a few things you should consider. This post is not to discourage you, but it's meant to challenge your motives for starting a channel as well as to prepare you mentally for running the ministry God left you steward over.
Is it my ministry or God's ministry?
When we pour our heart and soul into meaningful work it's easy to take ownership over the project when it's done. And why not? We want others to know our hand print is embedded in our marvelous creation. Often times we name businesses, blogs, YouTube channels, etc. after ourselves without giving it a second thought.
Years ago when I created my very first YouTube ministry I incorporated my name into the channel's name. It wasn't until years later I felt convicted about doing so and recently changed it. Did God lead me to launch a ministry channel? Absolutely, and I evaded His instructions for nearly a year and learned numerous lessons the hard way.
One of the MANY things I did wrong was not ask Him what He wanted me to call His ministry. Did you catch that? When I initially shared my YouTube story I said my ministry not His ministry. I understand that you put tons of hours, hard work, and possibly money into creating your ministry channel, but truth be told it's not your ministry, it's God's and we are to be faithful stewards over it.
You see the bible was written by man but inspired by God. The origin to what's written goes back to its source, God. We are simply taking His divine words and sharing it with others. So when we say we have a ministry it's not us that has it, but God.
I say all of this because there are a lot of well meaning ministries on YouTube that incorporate personal names into the name for that channel. Ministry is selfless, humble work and any glory found within it belongs to God, not us so take this to heart before naming your ministry channel after yourself.
Now, let's get into the nitty gritty.
Things to Consider before launching
Before going full speed into ministering to women on YouTube consider these few questions first:
1. Okay, God instructed you to minister, but did He say launch a YouTube channel? As much as I would like all Believers to have a YouTube channel it may not be in God's plan or His timing. Perhaps God has another avenue for you to take other than YouTube or possibly you aren't girded enough in your word or aren't further along in your walk to minister to others so boldly on this platform. Whatever the reason make sure you hear God's voice in this matter and be obedient to His instructions. The last thing you want to be is a teacher of the word and out of God's will. Those who minister to the multitudes have a higher acountability.
2. Will you make enough time to pour into God's YouTube ministry? If you continue to follow along with Grace with Humility you will find insightful videos and blog posts discussing the real truth behind running a YouTube ministry. It's A LOT of work and if you can't designate time and energy into building God's kingdom on this platform then maybe your gifts are better used elsewhere. Harsh, but it's the truth.
3. What are your motives? Ahh, yes this question will separate those with a heart for ministry from those who aren't dedicated. It's hard to ignore the perks for starting a YouTube channel. From monetization, to sponsorships, to business opportunities YouTube helped to catapult unknown people to celebrity status. If your motives to go into ministry are:
- to make money
- to become popular
- to obtain a leadership title within church
- out of boredom
...then you are not ready for this responsibility. I don't care how glamorous social media may portray ministry, it is not a glamorous calling. And if it's more important for you to look dolled up in front of the camera or to portray how perfectly you run God's ministry I suggest you have a good discussion with your Father as to whether you are truly being led by the Holy Spirit or your flesh.
Ministry isn't about us, it's about others and vanity, idolatry, pride, false doctrine, and materialism have no place in it whatsoever. We are to represent Christ and our Lord ministered the gospel in humility, love, and in obedience to the Father. We should do the same.
Don't take ministry lightly
Ministry can push you out of your comfort zone. It can test your core being and if your heart isn't 100% all in you are doing God and others a disservice. Everything we do for God should be done in excellence and to the best of our capability/resources. If anyone can see you are going through the motions the Lord can.
When you minister to others you are doing one of the following: planting a seed for someone to receive their salvation, watering a seed that is growing stronger in the Lord or turning someone away from God. How you minister is critical to a person's walk so take ministering seriously and not lightly.
–CALL TO ACTION–
Do you have an online ministry? If so, how did you know God was calling you into ministry? Please share in the comments down below.