Ever notice how bogged down we seem to get in our areas of ministry responsibility? I believe this happens in all areas of ministry: Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Small Group and Discipleship Ministry, Counseling Ministry, Preaching Ministry, Men's and Woman's Ministry ... and the list could go on. We get bogged down in the details and sometimes ... just sometimes (and by this I mean most times) ... we forget what ministry is really about.
MINISTRY IS BIGGER THAN:
- The audience.
- Service projects.
It's bigger than these things because it encompasses all of them. When we get too focused on one of these, we miss the big picture. We miss out on what God is doing. So if ministry is all of these things, what should our focus be on?
MINISTRY IS ABOUT:
True ministry is about 2 things. Ministry is first and foremost about relationships; this is a base requirement. Without real, authentic, growing relationships ministry isn't ministry; it's something else. Ministry is also about shepherding. It's about leading and guiding those relationships closer to God. It's about protecting those relationships from things that may harm them. Without relationship, shepherding seems like a dictatorship; and without shepherding, relationships look and feel manipulative.
- Providing knowledge is about education. Ministry is about transformation (Romans 12:2).
- Relationships require honesty and vulnerability, which are risky.
- Real relationship also require maturity (Colossians 1:28).
- Relationships require service and sacrifice (Ephesians 4:12).
- Relationships require love, the same love that Jesus showed (John 15:12).
Bottom Line: Ministry is about walking with someone, or a group of someones, and helping them walk in closer relationship with God. Helping them walk closer with the Father - their Creator and Sustainer. Walking closer with God the Son - their Savior and Lord. Walking closer with God the Holy Spirit - their Counselor. This walk requires faith, repentance, and humility ... just to name a few; but it starts with relationship.