Philosophy of Ministry

Chad has three major components to his philosophy of ministry:

  • Philippians 4:13
  1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)
  2. This verse can be seen as a continuance of John 15:5, and overwhelmingly refers to the unlimited possibilities in ministry as long as we are focused and secure in the unlimited power and strength of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. We as humans limit ourselves, but God will remove the boundaries when we seek strength and opportunity, in and through Him.
  4. This section of Philippians also reminds us to be content in what we perceive as the good times, as well as the bad times.  The Greek termmemyēmai occurs only here in the New Testament and is referring to an ‘initiation into the mysteries’ meaning Paul has learned the ‘secret’ of living both in times of need and abundance.  In either extreme, this Scripture reminds us we cannot be successful in ministry in our own strength – we must become completely dependant on God.  Our ministry must be bathed in prayer/supplication with our Father.
  • Galatians 2:20
  1. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (KJV)
  2. We are reminded that our ministry cannot be about us as ministers – it must be about Christ.  Together, our vision must be clear and our mission must be focused.  Ministry must be a team effort whereby we evangelize the lost and multiply disciples.  Our goal should be to recruit, equip, retain, lead, and protect those entrusted to our church family.
  3. We can see this example best in the death of Saul and birth of Paul.
  4. This is also iterated in John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease” (NKJV) which has become known as the divine order.
  5. Simply, it’s not about me, it’s all about Him.  In every ministry decision it must be asked, why are we doing this?  If our response is not honoring to the Great Commission, the Great Commandment, or Christ-centered, we need to evaluate our motives and refocus on our vision and mission.  Together, we become accountability partners in this charge.
  • The Entire New Testament
  1. We must minister to people where they are.
  2. Although not found in only one particular verse, the theme is reiterated throughout the New Testament and is mirrored through Christ’s earthly ministry.
  3. People need to be ministered to where they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Sometimes this means stepping outside of our physical, emotional, and spiritual ‘secure’ box to meet them face to face, heart to heart, and spirit to spirit.  We must love them, care for them, and share Christ with them.
  4. In this, we must remember that God hates the sin, not the sinner.  We must love sinners unconditionally and allow them to see the love of Christ in and through us.  We must revisit the foundational truths and practices of the New Testament church and Christ’s earthly ministry.  We must live each day sharing our living testimony with others.

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