Philosophy Of Ministry

Summary

A philosophy of ministry defines the “what” and “why” of ministry. In the case of the minister it defines what he believes about ministry and how he will carry it out. The following provides a brief overview of the biblical foundation and passion of my philosophy of ministry.

My philosophy of ministry succinctly stated is to equip believers and engage unbelievers with the truth of God’s Word. I want to equip believers to fulfill their life mission and to go deeper in their walk with Christ through dynamic, relevant biblical messages, solid pastoral ministry and personal mentoring. I want to engage unbelievers by leading a church to share the unchanging message of the gospel in clear and relevant ways that engage the unsaved in a gospel conversation, answers key questions, spotlights the truth of God’s Word on life and culture, and presents a thoroughly biblical worldview. I want to engage unbelievers by leading a church to show the unchanging message of the gospel through the purity of their lives, the sincerity of their faith, the love of their Savior, and the practice of their good works.

My philosophy of ministry is based on four biblical foundations – God, the Scripture, the Gospel and the Church.

GOD

From the beginning and to the end God is the center of everything. The danger in today’s society and even in the church, is the failure to hold a high view of God. A false view of God leads to idolatry, toleration of sin and the exaltation of man. At its core, sin is the dethronement of God by those who were created to exalt and to serve Him (Isa. 14:12-15). On the other hand, when there is a high view of God, God is the center of worship, sin is revealed, holiness is practiced, and people are called out to serve (Isa. 6:1-6).

My passion in ministry is to lead a congregation in the genuine worship of God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). My goal as a pastor will be to make sure everything the congregation does focuses on God, brings glory and honor to Christ and is done in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 3:21). I will work very closely with the Worship Leader to produce carefully planned, well prepared, Spirit-led services that lead people into God’s presence through worship.

THE SCRIPTURE

My philosophy of ministry is firmly anchored in sola scriptura which was the rally cry of the Protestant Reformation. Sola Scriptura means that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Church and the Christian. The Scriptures are sufficient (Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Rev. 22:18, 19), inspired (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21), inerrant (Ps. 12:6: 11:7; 119:89, 96; Prov. 30:5; Matt. 5:18), timelessness (Ps. 19:7-11; Isa. 40:8; Mark 13:31; Heb. 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25) and authoritative (Matt. 7:24-27; 22:29; John 14:21-24; 1 Thess. 2:13; James 1:22-25; 1 John 2:3).

My passion in ministry is to lead a congregation to be a thoroughly biblical congregation. That means I will uphold the Bible as the final authority for the faith and practice of the church. I will place a high priority on the preparation and presentation of biblical messages that equip believers and engage unbelievers. I will champion small groups (Sunday School, home groups, etc.) as a key means of teaching and applying God’s Word.

THE GOSPEL

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Rom. 1:16).   It is not one among many ways but is the only way to salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). The church has been given the marvelous message and ministry of reconciliation through Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20), therefore we must go into all the world and preach the gospel (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8).

My passion in ministry is to lead a church to be an Acts 1:8 church fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20). My goal is to help a church discover the unique, God-gifted, creative ways of reaching her community and world with the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 9:19-23). I will lead a congregation to disciple new and not so new believers, so each becomes a fully devoted follower of Christ. Missions, personal evangelism and servant evangelism are a central part of my strategy.

THE CHURCH

I believe in the importance of the church, because God the Father loves her (John 3:16; Acts 20:28; Rom. 5:8,-10), God the Son died for her (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25) and God the Spirit birthed her (Acts 2:1-4). I believe the Church is universal and invisible, being made up of all who are truly saved (Matt. 16:16-18; John 3:3, 5; Acts 2:38, 39). I also believe the church is local and visible (Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:1, 5; 1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Thess. 1:1; Philemon 2; Rev. 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14). The purposes of the church have been clearly defined by the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ (Matt. 22:37-40; 28:19, 20; Col. 1:18). I believe caring, godly, qualified leadership is the key to a healthy, God-honoring, and growing congregation (Acts 6:4; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-16).

My passion in ministry is to build a strong, healthy, vibrant, purpose-driven, New Testament church under the Lordship of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe this will result in Kingdom (Acts 1:8), spiritual (Col. 1:24-29), numerical (Acts 2:41-47) and ministry (Eph. 2:10) growth. I will unapologetically invite people to make a commitment to church membership. My model for ministry is gifted leadership equipping gifted membership to carry out gifted service to the glory of the gift giver (Eph. 4:11-16). My passion is to see the church be the place where ministry is birthed in the hearts of the people. All this can be accomplished through strong biblical preaching and teaching, intentional discipleship and mentoring, practical equipping and training, compassionate and caring pastoral ministry, and streamlined organization and policy.

IN CONCLUSION

  • My goal is to honor Christ so that His Kingdom advances and to finish well in the race He sets before me.

  • My passion is to equip believers and engage unbelievers with the truth of God’s Word.

  • My heart is to love God and those He calls me to serve.

  • My desire is to lead a local church to discover and fulfill God’s unique mission in her community and world.  

  • My priorities are God, family and then the church.

  • My spiritual gifting is preaching and teaching.

  • My ministry values are relevance, preaching, church growth, equipping, God-honoring organization, evangelism, Spirit-led planning, worship and teamwork.

  • My personal values are family, personal time, excellence, stewardship, growth, godliness, character, balance, prayer and physical fitness.