I have been fasting and praying this first few weeks of January seeking God’s guidance and direction as I take the time to build out my philosophy of ministry. It’s been three weeks and I am still working through the first (and most important) step. I have sought the prayers and guidance of wise mentors in my network, and I have spent time searching scripture and asking hard questions and…
I am still not finished.
I thought I would share the questions I have been working through. But first, a little refresher as to what we are doing here from Jeremy Pace at Resurgence:
Laying a theological foundation for your church, ministry, or organization can be a lengthy and difficult task (this is not an understatement!), but the reality is that you want your foundation to be firmly and accurately laid. Your desire is to glorify God with your ministry, and God is most glorified when we faithfully work from the foundation he has laid in Christ Jesus revealed in the Scripture. This assumes that you know the Scriptures well and have a proper way of understanding them.
•What is the theological foundation from which we build?•What is the primary biblical imperative (and surrounding indicative/s) for your
•Are their multiple imperatives and indicatives? Where are they found in the
•Is there a single passage of Scripture that encompasses the main starting point for
•How can you connect the contours of Scripture to outline the foundation in two to
As you work through these questions for your own ministry (or family…or self…every Christian should have a philosophy of ministry as we all should have a ministry of some sort), be attuned to the questions that these questions raise in your heart. These questions have started me down a path of exploration with Jesus to really uncovering what He is doing through me. Between this exercise and Donald Miller’s Storyline project, God is walking me through some deep questions.
I think this is gonna take a while. 🙂