Tuesday, June 11, 2013

If You Don't have a Philosophy of Ministry, Get One

Everyone who has been in ministry for any length of time has a philosophy of ministry, whether they have thought through it thoroughly, or articulated it fully, they still have one.  A philosophy of ministry is what you believe ministry is about, what you believe ministry is to accomplish, in essence it is your raison d'etre (reason for being), the mind set behind why you do what you do.

A philosophy of ministry is your guiding light, and will inform and be the foundation of all that you do.  It will guide you in how you do church, from choosing curriculum and staff members, to structuring worship.  It will influence every decision you make. It is your vision of what you want to accomplish in your ministry.

That is why it is important to take the time to think through what you believe and why, and then write it down. Tinker with it and adjust, make sure it reflects what you really believe.  Of course, when related to the church, it needs to be based on biblical principles, and reflect biblical values.  When we started Grace Covenant Church we put down what our philosophy ministry was, and it is what guides all that we do; and I thought I would share it.  This is on our website, and is made available to all who come to our church, so that they will know exactly what we are about.

Philosophy of Ministry

We want our people to:

     Know God  (Jeremiah 9:23-24, I John 4:16)
            So that they will be secure in their faith  (Isaiah 43:10, I Peter 1:2, John 4:42)

     Love God  (II Corinthians 5:14-15, Deuteronomy 11:13)
            So that they will be sincere in their faith  (I Timothy 1:5, Hebrews 10:22)

     Glorify God  (Matthew 5:16, Romans 15:6)
            By being steadfast in their faith  (Psalm 112:7, I Corinthians 15:58)

     Know and Understand the Word  (Psalm 119:11, 27; I Peter 2:2)
            So that we can learn to think with the word (Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:24)
            So that we can view life through the word  (Psalm 119:14-15, 24)
            So that we can live life by the word  (Psalm 119:32, 59, 105)

We believe this is best accomplished by expositional preaching and teaching

We want our people to corporately participate in and experience:

     Fellowship--which is the body sharing in the things of Christ, the work of Christ, the
     love of Christ, and ministering to one another to build each other up in love.
     I Thessalonians 4:9, II Thessalonians 1:3, Hebrews 13:1, I Peter 1:22-23, Psalm 55:14,
     Acts 2:42, I Corinthians 1:9,  12:12-14, 18, 25-26, II Corinthians 13:14,   
     I John 1:3, 3:14

     Praise and Worship—which is the exaltation of God alone, and is a witness to the
     believer and non-believer of all that God is through Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
     Deuteronomy 11:16, I Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 2:11, 21:13, 22:22-23, 29:2, 30:4, 12,
     Psalms 33:10, 66:4, 95:6, 99:5, John 4:23, Exodus 15:2, Deuteronomy 10:21,
     I Chronicles 23:5, 29:13, II Chronicles 5:13, Nehemiah 12:46, Hebrews 2:12, 13:15

     Prayer—which we believe is one of the great callings of the church.  It is corporate
     prayer, not only when the church is gathered together, but also when the church
     members pray individually for a common concern and for kingdom issues that the
     church is the most unified and spiritually effective.
     Matthew 6:9, 19:13, 21:13, 22, Mark 11:17, Luke 1:10, 18:1, 10, Acts 1:14, 2:42, 3:1,
     Acts 12:5, 16:13, 16, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 1:19, 4:6,
     Colossians 4:2, I Thessalonians 5:17, 25, II Thessalonians 3:1, I Timothy 2:1-4,
     James 5:16, I Peter 3:12, 4:7, Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4

We want to provide our people with:

     Spiritual Leadership—which should guide, guard, and feed the flock, and also be     
     an example to the flock.  Leadership should also be concerned with the spiritual
     development and training of younger men to provide continuity in church leadership.
     I Timothy 1:11, 18; 3:1-7, 6:20, II Timothy 1:14, 2:2, Titus 1:3, 7-9, Acts 14:23: 15:2,
     Galatians 2:7, I Thessalonians 2:3-12, I Peter 5:1-3

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