a primer on ministry philosophy

Approaches to ministry are as varied as people. I would like to say that there is no right or wrong way to try to reach people for God but that simply isn’t the case.

The wrong way is the one that doesn’t work. If our efforts result in no one coming to Christ, no disciples, no food for the hungry or friends for the lonely, it is not working. This is the wrong way to do God’s work.

The right way to do ministry is the way that works. The results are obvious – people come to know and love Christ. They are discipled in the ways of scripture. People are given hope. This is ministry that works.

A ministry philosophy that works is missional in its approach. The leaders know what will reach the people and families in the community. There isn’t a lot of time wasted with ineffective programs. Each local culture is different and it is the responsibility of ministry leaders to know the culture and direct ministry accordingly.

Let’s not get caught up in tradition or labels or what is popular. Let’s get caught up in effectiveness. Regarding results, keep in mind that Jesus said, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:19 NCV)

Let’s do what works.

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