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Ministry Thoughts – Think Steps

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I’ve been challenged today in how we do church ministry. Here’s a great quote from “7 Practices of Effective Ministry”…”Before you start anything, make sure if takes you where you need it to go.” Ministry needs to start with the end in mind.

Programs are great if they lead people to life-change. Programs usually lead to more of a “need” focus while thinking steps, you are asking, “where do I want people to go?” It is about perspective and leading people to make progress in their spiritual journey.

Jesus commanded us to “make disciples.”  This happens most naturally in the context of meaningful relationships.

One of the ways to hold back ministry is to give people a vision without a strategy to achieve it. This is the difficult part to me. Many times we have the “big picture” figured out for ministry, but what does it look like for an un-churched 9th grade student?

The real question is not just, “How many do we have in attendance”…but more so,  “how many relationships developed while attending?

I believe this is the challenge of the church of America.

What are your thoughts?

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Ministry Thoughts – Clarify the win

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I’m really enjoying reading through the book: “7 practices of effective ministry.” I am being challenged to look at how effective ministry is done.

The first chapter is about finding the goal of ministry. The ultimate priority of the church is changed lives (“to make disciples”). This must be our first priority as the church. That is ultimately how you clarify a win for ministry.

Changed lives is simply the scoreboard for the church.

I think using questions like these will help in measuring success:

– Do attendees feel comfortable inviting their unchurched friends?

– How many people are connected to a small group?

– Do the people understand how to apply the scriptural truths we’re teaching in their daily lives?

What do you think? I’d like to know your thoughts.

Churches trading in God’s Word for the wisdom of the world?

This questions has been on my mind for some time now. I want to say up front that I believe many churches are following the wisdom of the world. I say that because of the lack of repentance in today’s church culture. I am going to delve deeper into this subject more this week.

First off, Christianity is not something we sell, buy, market, or try to make look “appealing.” Jesus called people to follow Him; that is it.

For instance…

When the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-30) decided to turn back from following Christ because he was called on to give what he had to the poor, he walked away from Jesus.

Did Jesus then run after him and try to make him feel more comfortable? Did he tailor His message to fit the Rich young ruler’s “comfort zone?”

No.

I believe we must be vigilant to reach out to this generation with acceptance, love, relevance, understanding and grace. The one key to this whole question must be…

“Is God’s Word enough?”

Do we have to add our own spin to the message? The method must change, we must continually work on creative ways to share Jesus. The most important factor must be on the authority of God’s Word.

It costs something to follow Christ. It costs us our very lives. Jesus called upon many people to follow. Many turned away once they learned it was more than a “spectator sport.”

Being a follower of Christ is where true freedom is found. It is not the easiest road in life, but it reveals hope daily based on God’s promises.

Church leaders must move beyond cultural relativism and into what pleases the heart of God.

We must have more substance to ministry. Not just to get a crowd, not just to talk about numerical growth, but to daily walk in worship to God. Once the church becomes focused on Jesus daily, we will see churches focused on fulfilling God’s Word.

The result will be…lives that are changed!

What do you think? What does this mean to Church leaders?