Ministry, a reflection of faith

Posted on June 5, 2007 by

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I Just finished reading “The Heart of the Artist” by Rory Nowland. One point he makes near the end of the book is that our relationship with Christ is directly related to all aspects of our lives. This includes ministry. If you look at the success rates of new ministries there seems to a large degree of “failure”, or bankruptcy. Some explanations may be that there is no market for the service that you are trying to provide, but a better reason for this may be that those in leadership of these ministries have lost view of their real purpose, being in a personal relationship with God. It’s easy, in today’s productivity based society, to lose track of our relationship with our Savior, and when we are serving God it is imperative that we keep our focus on God.

One mistake we can make is to judge our success by societies standards and not God’s standards. By societies standards if we don’t make a profit, continually build our consumer base, and receive recognition for our efforts then we have failed as an organization. But these things a successful ministry does not make. God says that His ways are not our ways and this rings true in this area as well. Each ministry will be different from every other and their functions will differ just as often. But nonetheless there are overarching themes that can help guide us.

Now I do not presume to be an expert in this matter, but as a PK (pastors kid) I’ve been interacting with ministries my entire life and have made some observations that may be helpful.

Being Biblical – As ministries we need to address expressly biblical needs. The Church is the biggest model for ministry that we have. It has the most biblical basis and the most guidelines and coincidentally the most diversity in it’s interpretation. But no matter the architecture of our ministries we must be serving a biblical purpose. If we are not, how can we be considered a ministry of God.

Serving the Body – One thing we cannot escape as Christians, although we may try, is that we are part of the body of Christ. We are to use the gifts that God has given us to serve each other. As ministries we should often ask, how are we serving the body of Christ. There can be a myriad of different functions and ways to achieve these goals.

So if you ever feel like your ministry is failing, maybe you need to re-evaluate your views of success or maybe evaluate your personal relationship with God.

Be Blessed.

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