One of the fears of coming to a place that has been without a senior pastor for two years is that people might tend to have a let down. Many have worked hard in ministry and now they are just glad a senior pastor is here to do the work. And so they might take a break from the ministry they have been engaging in over the past years. I have consistently told the elders and now the people of the church that since I am here, their job is not over, but it is just starting all over again.
We spend the bulk of our time working our way through Colossians 1:28-29. It is a section of Scripture in which the Apostle Paul lays out his philosophy of ministry. It says,
"We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power which mightily works within me."
We never want to be a church that might be described with a country club mentality. That is the place where the people sit back and say things like, "what's in it for me?" They pay their dues (in the form of offering), they hire professionals (they are called pastors), and they sit back and expect to be entertained. And if that doesn't happen or if their needs are not met, they will take their dues to the country club down the street.
I know that sounds harsh, but I also know how prevalent that mindset is within the church. Instead, Christians involved in the church are to be the ones who look at church with this mindset, "How can I serve?" From this passage, I dealt with Six Keys To Serving In Ministry!
- Keep Jesus Central
- Use Appropriate Methods
- Engage All People
- Develop Biblical Goals
- Work Really Hard
- Always Trust God
If you want to hear the breakdown of all the points, feel free to go to the link above and listen to it. I hope and pray that you are engaged in your church, no matter where you go. I hope and pray that you are serving in ministry in the local church. There are so many things that can compete with the local church, don't let them. Jump in, be a team player, and help each other grow to maturity. Be a minister of Jesus to others.
For the glory of Jesus!