How to Publish Your God-given Message While Marketing Your Ministry
By Rigel and Jenna Drake-Garcia, founders of MarketProfessionally.com
In a brief paragraph, share your background: area of ministry and how long you’ve served in ministry; include any hobbies you have that you intentionally make time for.
We help Christian influencers market their God-given message, so they can share it with new audiences, while helping them save time and utilize their resources more efficiently. Our self-publishing services help influencers turn their God-given message into a book, and our marketing services help them connect with people who want to hear more about their message and what they have to offer, or invite them as a speaker for a speaking engagement.
Over the past 10 years, our calling to serve authors, speakers and ministry influencers in spreading their God-given messages is based on Isaiah 52:7:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns!
It’s interesting that many of our clients have been serving in business or ministry for years now, whether it be teaching in Christian bible schools, ministering at their churches or serving in various leadership capacities, and are now finding themselves in a transitional period where they want to be an influencer in their niche, or they want to expand the reach of their God-given message and what they do beyond their current sphere of relationships.
One of the most valuable ways we serve people, is working with influencers one-on-one to draw out their God-given message, which helps them to discover how they serve and bring value to others at a deeper level. Our clients love this process as they begin to see the correlation of how their God-given message naturally lines up with the transformation they desire to see in the lives of others.
We also help our authors learn more about their audience, and how to take a more reader-focused approach with their message. Oftentimes, when writing a book, our approach can be, “this is my message, and I know this is really going to help you. Now, let’s begin...” We get excited about the revelation we’ve been given, and then we start outlining our message. There is nothing wrong with that, but we want to encourage you to take a little bit more time in this planning stage, especially since we are writing a book.
When you know what you want to write your book about, it’s time to take a slow step forward by asking yourself, what do the readers of my message really want right now? What is their challenge in this situation? Now, how can I help them get to where they want to go through this message? As we take a deep-dive into these questions, we find ourselves with more confidence and fervor when it comes to our message and those we are serving. It also makes the book writing process more organized, purposeful and enlightening. One Pastor shared, “I have outlined so many sermons throughout my life, but this brings things to a whole new level. I really appreciate this, and could not have done this by myself.”
Some of the hobbies Rigel and I intentionally make time for are going to the gym with our three children, fishing (Rigel), and worship (Jenna). We also love doing worship and music sessions at home as a family, which are quite fun. We also like to laugh and play around. Family is very important to us, and so is work-life balance.
Q1 - What is your motivation to remain productive in your area of ministry?
Rigel: “To see the body of Christ achieve its full potential. There is a satisfaction inside of me when I know I am doing the will of God, and what He has called me to do. The only real way to leave a legacy behind is through the message of Jesus Christ, which God has given to us. This is the greatest gift He has given us to share with others during our time here on Earth. For those who have a specific message burning inside of them, we want to help them bring out that message because that is their spiritual legacy.”
John 4:34, KJV: "Jesus said unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."
Jenna: “To see ourselves operating in our full potential as we do what God has called us to do, and to help people work together with others. I love seeing people shine in their gifts, while working well with others to accomplish a project—it is like a beautiful symphony to me. As we steward well what God has given us, we are able to see the beauty of what God can do, especially as we commit our work unto Him.”
Psalm 133, KJV: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
Q2 - What productivity advice would you share with new leaders in ministry?
1. Know your priorities, so that you can allocate your resources accordingly.
2. Create systems that you and your team can leverage over time.
3. Work with others, and focus on what you are good at, so that together you can make a greater impact.
Your dream is bigger than you, and God will call others to labor alongside you. Remember, He will provide, so that you have abundance for every good work, and so that those who work for you will receive the provision they are believing for, as well.
Q3 - What are some tools or resources you would recommend to leaders in ministry that help you in your productivity?
For those who are looking to help spread their message in a more productive way, we have free trainings at both SelfPublishProfessionally.com and MarketProfessionally.com, and we are always developing more for people who want to speak, or develop their God-given messages. We also welcome you to schedule an appointment with us, if you would like to learn more. We would be happy to discuss how we can help you serve others with your message in a more impactful way, and to discuss the marketing resources and automation tools we have available to help you market your God-given message, while helping you save time and utilize your resources more efficiently. God bless you!