I have learned that: 

  1. Jesus is the one who builds the Church. It is HIS Church, not mine (Matthew 16:18). I am called to train and love HIS people just like He loved them. (Ephesians 5: 25-27)
  2. I am not the Holy Spirit! (Thank God!) I cannot solve people’s problems. Pastors, we struggle with that; at least I do – What can you do for your people? Listen to them, pray for them, encourage them, and speak encouraging words into their present and future. I have learned that spiritual growth is every believer’s responsibility (John 14:26; Romans 8:16,26)
  3. Every now and then, I stress out. I worry too much. So, I need to sit with a few good friends at the table. We talk, open our hearts, and are accountable to each other. I have realized that I should look after myself well (body, soul, and spirit) before looking after others. I should rest and have fun. I should live my life to the full. Then my family and community will benefit from that. I am still learning to do this consistently and well (Matthew 6: 25-34; Philippians 4: 6-7).
  4. My family is more important than the ministry and the Church. My children are a blessing from God, and they grow up fast. I should make the most of them while they still live at home (two away and two at home). My wife is a gift from God, and I should love and care for her just as Christ loved the Church and gave His life for her. I love how passionate she is when she teaches. I love her generous heart, excellent taste, and passion for the Lord. I admire her eagerness for justice and that no one should be left out.
  5. God works in the long term and through families. He is the God who invites us to the process; very often, He is not in a hurry. Our breakthroughs will make an impact on our families for generations to come. That is why we must fix our eyes on the things above – the eternal things – material things are fleeting. My God is a good Father, better than ever imagined (Exodus 3:6; Matthew 22:32; Acts 3:13).

This article was written by our friend and international partner in Lima Peru, Pastor Dennis Arevelo. They are the pastoral leaders of Iglesia Centro De Fuego. 


Dennis Arevelo is the MULTIPLi Global Regional Leadership Coach and Senior Pastor of Iglesia Centro de Fuego in Lima, Peru, a vibrant, friendly multi-cultural church in Lima, Peru. Dennis draws together leaders from across the city for united prayer nights called Luz and for MULTIPLIERS conferences.

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