Philosophy of Ministry
Philosophy of Ministry: God's desires come first, I must always live my ministry God's way. I must live as a Christian (1 Corinthians 9:27) I must have a proper relationship of surrender to the Leader. In my personal life or in the Church I must understand that Christ is Head and Chief Shepherd (Ephesians 1:22, Hebrews 13:20). The “management” of Church is about relationships with God and Man, not just maintaining a social organization.
The church meeting is for worship and for the growth of the saved. The fellowship on the Sunday is to energize us to reach out to the lost. The primary elements of the Sunday worship is the Lord's Supper, prayer, and preaching. ...view middle of the document...
Yet there should also be a mentoring ministry for youths from un-churched homes.
Besides preaching other Bible training needs to be available in the church. The church can small groups, whether at church or home. Some groups are just fellowship groups, but most must be Bible focused.
I should be willing to end non-productive programs. I might even suggest the church should dissolve and join another congregation if it seems to be God's Will. Christ promised the Church would last forever, not individual congregations. Sometimes I have to leave a church if it is in constant opposition to Christ. I should not be in charge of all the ministries, I need find people to work with.
I am very open to bi-vocational ministry. being bi-vocational can give me the ability to stand up to false Christians, who want me to tickle their ears with heresy. No one can force me into compromise; God owns me, not them. Finally, everything I do I must do with excellence, whether in my life or in the congregation. But I do it simply as to be a good and humble stewards of my time and money.
The Bible: The Bible is the Word of God. Jesus Christ the Word focal point of that Word written (John 1:1-14). Whatever is in the Bible it is true (John 17:17). The Bible's doctrines are true. Also its accounts are totally accurate, even when it conveys the sins and lies of those involved. Simply the Scripture is infallible. The Scripture is Special Revelation, how God directly communicates His will to man and how we can know Him personally. (2 Timothy 3:16) The doctrines within the Bible are how we know how to live out faith and organize the Church.
The Bible is absolutely perfect. What God told the writers to write they did (2 Peter 1:20-21). Even though the original documents are gone, I know God has preserved the Word (matthew 24:35). We can know the true Word even today. I can trust it, because God has told Christians that we must treat the Word with utmost care. Those few corrupt copies are due to laziness or a lack of respect for the Word. However, these errors are easy to spot and correct.
But all the preservation in the world does not matter if I do not choose to study the Word well. I must seek to read the Word for what it says. I cannot try to make the Bible say what I would want to believe.
God: God is the eternal self-existent spiritual Being. He is masculine. He is three distinct persons within one nature. I could think of the spiritual as something less real than the physical. However the material has its source in God. God is the Creator, all that is material, immaterial, and spiritual finds its existence in Him as a reflection of His Will and Mind (Genesis 1). But He is different than us (Romans 1:25).
The two most important aspects of His nature is holiness and truth. God lives in a state of perfection, excellence, purity, and moral rightness. He will not allow Himself near things that do not meet His standard. Everything God says...