Personal Philosophy of Ministry
Mid America Christian University
Introduction – The Calling
A Christian’s highest purpose and responsibility begins at the new birth from the conception of the Holy Spirit. In the life of Jesus, we see after the water baptismal event, is when His course took a turn toward His life mission and calling. After this reception of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ full time ministry kicked off and a plethora of miracles followed. As Christians, we will have a new source of power and relationship with the Holy Spirit just like Jesus did. It explains in Acts 10:38, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (New King James Version). Jesus promised the indwelling presence and person, the “Comforter,” our helper and guide to live the Christian life and fulfill our calling (John 14:16). We ask the most important question beginning the Christian life, how can I know if I received a call to full-time ministry? I remember asking this question even before becoming a Christian as I was starting out in the faith seeking. The type and call to ministry may be revealed to each one very differently. I knew I was called to ministry to serve in various capacities, and I believe ultimately later in life it will be pulpit preaching. It will be doing the small things first that make the big difference (Groeschel, 2014). Having started Bible college before about six years ago and putting it on hold, I truly felt like I was “kicking against the goads,” and had to restart the degree (Acts 9:5). My ministry now is completing the Christian Ministry degree program. Personal – Philosophy of Ministry
Answering the noble call to ministry is both a great privilege and blessing. We learn from Scripture that all Christians have the role of discipleship. After Jesus rose from the dead, He left His disciples a message for us all to follow, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). In the different ministerial capacities, we can witness all profound aspects of life. From the restored marriage to the recovering in the hospital, God lets us be a part of very important life events all for His glory. The hidden and immediate blessings come from the daily experiences and journey along the way. Seeing a soul saved brings the most exquisite joy and blessing. Ministry as a career choice isn’t something to take for granted. I could easily stay comfortable in the field I have been in for years and make a significant larger salary. The sacrifices of luxury are misunderstood by most people, even those in the church world. In order to fulfill this great calling, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). A personal philosophy of ministry outlines who you are and where you going. My life values and goals are seen along with obstacles to face. The importance of a well defined philosophy of ministry is crucial to prioritize our agenda under God’s. My personal philosophy of ministry should be reviewed by experienced Christians, and especially those who have served in the given capacity. This will help evaluate my calling and make wiser godly decisions. Life Statement
The call to serve manifests in my personal life statement. I have a tremendous ache and burden on my heart to help people, both physically and spiritually. I’ve realized that I can’t fully please all people, but I can please God first which is of utmost importance. In response to the Lord’s call on my life, I have specific aspirations. I desire to please and serve God above all others, to reach audiences of all ages through modern technology, and to develop a stronger intimate relationship with God daily by learning the Bible...
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