Philosophy of Ministry

I believe that the highest goal of everything is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Toward that end, the local church exists for three primary purposes: worship (Ps. 150), edification (1 Cor. 14:26; Heb. 10:23-24), and evangelism (Matt. 28:19-20). Those should also be the priorities of individual believers.

The local church gathers for corporate worship and mutual edification (Acts 2:42), then disburses for evangelism and to be salt and light to the world (Matt. 5:13-16). That by no means eliminates the need for evangelistic preaching, but the priority must be teaching believers to love God more deeply and serve Him more effectively. Evangelism, along with every other aspect of ministry, flows out of that priority.

The biblical model for spiritual leaders is servant-leadership: men who are yielded to God’s will and serve Him as shepherds of His flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2-4) and stewards of His truth (1 Cor. 4:1-2).

The Pastor-Teacher’s primary role is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12). That involves modeling spiritual virtue (1 Tim. 4:12), praying (1 Tim. 2:1-8), teaching biblical truth (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 16), and discipling believers (2 Tim. 2:2). Those must occur within a context of mutual love and accountability (1 Thess. 2:8). If a congregation doubts their Pastor’s love, his teaching will be ineffective. If they doubt his integrity, his teaching will seem hypocritical.

From that biblical model flows the priorities I believe are crucial for a Pastor:

  1. To set an example of godliness and call others to that standard (1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Cor. 11:1)

  2. To be devoted to prayer and the ministry of God’s Word (Acts 6:2-4)

  3. To preach and teach the Word expositionally and authoritatively (Acts 20:27; 1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 4:1-2)
    • To instill a high view of Scripture.
    • To cultivate an attitude of submission to biblical authority.
    • To teach the flock to think and act according to biblical principles (personal holiness).
    • To warn the flock of spiritual danger and false doctrine (Acts 20:28).

  4. To disciple the staff and lay-leadership (2 Tim. 2:2)
    • By building godly relationships and accountability (the best context for true discipleship).
    • By praying for them and with them.
    • By encouraging ministry by principles (basing all ministry policies and decisions on biblical principles).
    • By encouraging ministry by giftedness (ministering in the area of one’s own spiritual gifts).

  5. To counsel individuals
    • Counseling will often demand a higher priority than is realistic to give, therefore the Pastor must balance his time carefully between this ministry and the other priorities of the church. He should help train church members to counsel one another whenever possible (Rom. 15:14).

  6. To encourage missions and evangelism outreach (Acts 13:2-3)
    • People and finances are always limited, so a church must have a clearly defined philosophy of missions and evangelism so it will know how to prioritize its outreach ministries.

How Does one become a Christian?

An Introduction to Christianity

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? - An explanation of who Jesus Christ claimed to be, and how His claims impact our lives. I had the privilege of helping write this tract when I was ministering at Grace to You some years ago. I urge you to read it, especially if you've never given careful thought to who Jesus is and what He desires for you personally. It could, quite literally, change your life for now and eternity. If you have any questions after reading it, please contact me. I'll be happy to talk to you about it.