Personal Ministry Philosophy

Early in life my parents motivated me to love God and His Word. At age 15 I knew God had called me to teach His Word and for more than 50 years I have been privileged to consider that both my avocation and occupation.

During my early years of ministry I adopted a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) that was larger than life. “I want to teach the Bible to the world so that people’s lives are spiritually and eternally changed, and to inspire and facilitate a corps of skilled and dedicated Bible teachers to do the same throughout the world.” That is a gargantuan goal, but I have learned that the audacity of our goals, if properly motivated, never exceeds the ability of God to achieve them. As a result, in 1990 when I began teaching the Word daily to millions through the ministry of Back to the Bible, I prayed this prayer, printed it, and it has remained on my desk ever since:

LORD, give me a task larger than myself, wisdom greater than my years, friends to share my vision, sufficient funds to realize it, and length of days to accomplish it. Amen.

Experience has taught me that what God wants me to do I can’t do, and that makes me a perfect candidate for His service. For what I can’t do, He can. My personal ministry philosophy is to live a blameless life (not sinless, but blameless) as God told Abram in Genesis 17:1, to keep my hands clean and my heart pure as described by David in Psalm 24:3-4 and to wait for God to do with me whatever pleases Him. So far, it’s been a pretty amazing ride! – Woodrow Kroll


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