200 words on a vision for ministry
18 months ago I had an occasion to lay out my own personal views on a series of short topics … in about 200 words or less! Over the summer I’ve been rethinking a few things, so I thought I would reformulate these and put them here for comment or critique. (other posts in this series: on leadership and on preaching and worship)
<200 words on a vision for ministry
Ministry, like the church, is for others. It flows out of Christâ€™s own person and work, shaped by his kingdom, cross, and resurrection. Mark 10, Phil 2, 2 Cor 4-5, Eph 4, and Rom 15:7 have been foundational passages for me in reflecting on ministry. Ministry is both a response to God and a participation in his on-going work. My giftedness is not for me: it is Godâ€™s gift (grace) for the sake of his mission to others. A churchâ€™s ministry ought to mobilize people for a life of servanthood and sacrifice for others: the call to â€œwalk worthilyâ€ in this world, the biblical â€œone-anothersâ€ within the family of God, and sharing in Godâ€™s mission to those who do not know Christ. Real ministry pushes outside the church walls with the radical message (in word and action) that the kingdom of God is here in the Lord Jesus Christ. Any vision for our own ministry takes its cues from God’s call in this way.
Now itâ€™s your turn. Your thoughts? What would you include?