All credible philosophies of ministry must be properly motivated. The primary motivation for all ministry is God’s glory, alone. The modern church has adopted everything from felt needs of believers to the wishes of unbelievers as motivation for ministry. Anything other than God’s glory falls woefully short of the standard God has set for His church.
Modern day ministry should look like the New Testament. This is not to say that methods may not change, but all methods must be consistent with the New Testament mandates for church life. A biblical basis for all ministry must be established before any methods are employed. If a solid biblical foundation for a particular program is not found in Scripture, the program must be reconsidered and even re-tooled or scrapped, if necessary, to ensure the church’s compliance with New Testament teaching. A great concern of mine is the compartmentalization of the modern church. Special groups, which usually segregate the age groups, are very popular. This method must be questioned in light of Titus 2 church life. If the various age groups never mingle, how is Titus 2 going to be a reality?
The success of ministry must be measured by biblical standards. Too often, bucks in the plate and butts in the seats are the standards of success. This leads to decisions being made according to what is popular. I am not a fatalist in the sense of not wanting to change failing methods, but just because something draws a crowd does not mean it is good for the church. We are not called to draw a crowd, we are called to make disciples of all ethnicities. The church must do what is right and true to its Divinely appointed mission.
| Pastor Mark Bouslog | Philosophy of Ministry | 2017