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Philosophy of Ministry

February 3, 2011

Today I had to answer a questionairre for a church. One of the questions asked my philosophy of ministry so I thought I would also share it here. Feel free to take what you want.

My philosophy of ministry is a five pronged approach. The five areas that we focus on are as follows:

Family Ministry – This is the core of my ministry philosophy. Without involving parents in ministry the student ministry cannot succeed. The goal of the student ministry is to encourage and resource parents to disciple their teens according to Deuteronomy 6. Another important aspect of this ministry is cross generational ministry. It is important to get all age groups involved in the lives of teens. This includes Senior Adult involvement in the lives of students.

Sunday Morning Small Groups/Sunday School – The purpose of these groups are for knowledge and education of the Bible. We are graduating far too many students from our student ministries who do not have a firm understanding of God’s Word. Sunday School will help students to have that firm understanding of the Scriptures and be able to answer why they believe what they believe.

Discipleship Groups/Core Groups – The purpose of these groups is for discipleship and accountability. These are small groups of 6 – 8 students who are led by an adult who disciples them and helps hold them accountable throughout their time in the youth ministry. This “spiritual mentor” holds the students accountable and gets to know them on a very personal level. The leader of this group stays with their group of teens until they finish 12th grade.

Wednesday Night Large Group – The purpose of this gathering is outreach/evangelism. This is a high energy, fun time of worship and Bible study. Students are encouraged and expected to bring their unchurched friends to participate in a nonthreatening night of learning and worship. During every large group time, the Gospel is presented.

Missions – This is a crucial part of the ministry philosophy. According to Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus’ parting words for believers were to go into all the world and make disciples. I believe in an Acts 1:8 plan for teen missions. It is important for students to experience missions on a local, national, and international level. I have a very specific three year missions strategy in which students would be able to participate in all three forms of missions.

 

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  1. February 3, 2011 9:49 pm

    Hi Brian.

    I love that your putting together a ministry philosophy. ONe pushback. This seems to be more of a model for ministry… how you do ministry… but not the reasons why you engage in those ministry events… what is the biblical backbone to why family ministry is vital? What is the backbone that says small groups are good?

    Also, Wed. Night large group, sunday morning small groups? seems real specific to me. So if my church does youth group on friday, it’s bad? its’ immoral? if a church isn’t doing that way are they unorthodox then? it seems that this is a program you would plug in anywhere and run with… (can that happen? or do you need to take into other factors?

    but it looks good other than those points…

    Here’s mine: http://web.mac.com/matthew.murphy79/Engaging_the_Shadows/Ministry_Philosophy.html

    • February 4, 2011 9:33 am

      Great thoughts Matt! Thanks! I will continue to tweak it.

      To answer your second question I was not saying those specific days were necessary (Wednesday, and Sunday) I was just using those days as examples. I should probably make that a little more clear.

      Thanks again for your thoughts! I love to be challenged and to improve!

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