So, we’ve dug through scripture to determine our biblical foundation. We’ve lined that up with the cultural and contextual teachings that drive our ministry. We’ve laid a foundation and built walls to form our structure….now for the fun stuff! What do we do? How does our ministry function in the world?
Jeremy Pace from Resurgence calls this our furniture. He puts it like this:
Furniture should complement and enhance the function of a room. Likewise, yourmethods (the how to’s) should be based on your theology and philosophy and should fitwithin the boundaries set by them. Remember, furniture is only functional for so longbefore it wears out and either needs to be replaced or reupholstered. The reality is thathaving a solid foundation and a clearly defined framework allows you to be creative andnot limited to how you go about doing ministry
To begin “furnishing” your ministry, ask yourself these questions:
•Based on your theology and philosophy, what are the methods that you will use to
see the vision fulfilled?
•Does your current furniture fit in the new rooms? Do you have a toilet in the living
room or a bed in the bathroom?
•How does your philosophy of ministry look organizationally?
•Do you have the right positions in your organization?
•How does each ministry/program fit within the philosophy?
It’s important to remember that the methodology should not drive the ministry. Your philosophy and your theological foundation drive the ministry. Don’t become so attached to a “how-to” that you find yourself “remodeling the room because you like the couch.”