January 16, 2008
Last weekend at our Pastoral Staff Retreat and then again at our staff meeting yesterday, we discussed the Trinity Philosophy of Ministry. A discussion like this is what fires me up and makes me excited about what I do and gives me clarity and focus as I press on in the calling of leading this church family. I need this type of reinforcement all of the time – a continuous reminder of who I am and what my heart should beat for. I think it is one of the main ingredients behind healthy churches – they know their mission, they continually communicate their mission, and they share a common excitement and an intense passion that results in a powerful momentum. I’m so excited to begin to share this with my leadership teams and I’m excited to see where God is going to take our church as we re-ignite.
There are 7 points or affirmations to this philosophy of ministry. I agree wholeheartedly to all of them, but there are certainly places where I feel an intense passion. Perhaps God has placed me on the leadership team for such a time as this and to specifically lean heavier toward these areas. Since I am limited on time this morning, I will list the main points for now and I will proceed over the next weeks to devote time to the sub-points under each one. Keep in mind that this is an ‘in process’ document. Gary has mentioned the possibility of preaching a sermon series on it beginning in April. I’m praying that we indeed go there.
TRINITY PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
- Our ruling principle is the glory of God, honoring him in all that we do.
- Our ministry is gospel-centered and grace-focused.
- Our goal is holistic personal transformation, the lifelong process of becoming Christ-followers who increasingly manifest Christ-likeness and honor Christ as Lord in every area of their lives.
- Our concern is the development of authentic biblical community, experienced on the congregational and small group level.
- Our conviction is that ministry is the lifestyle of every believer.
- Our mission is to extend the kingdom of God by engaging our community, our culture and the world with the words and works of Jesus.
- Our emphasis is on church health rather than on church growth.