There has been a powerful assumption behind my ministry which I find has really made all the difference. I find it to be a fairly common assumption in Southern Africa -- yet I have seldom come across it in the Global North. That is that the Holy Spirit supernaturally transforms even sin-tainted, worthless, and weak efforts on the part of a minister, to make them effectual. This would have something in common with the means of grace in Calvinistic theology. OBSERVATION: In fact, a century ago, it was not uncommon for ministry itself to be regarded as a means of grace.