Ministry Statement

Ministry Statement
As I have obeyed God’s call to ministry, I developed a passion for evangelism and discipleship, and led many to Christ.  During this time, God gave me a love for ministry in His church and specifically directed His call in my life to be a pastor (Colossians 1:23-29, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Matthew 28:18-20).  As God has directed my life and ministry (from serving on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, through seminary, to pastoring 2 churches for almost 16 years), my understanding of God’s vision is to pastor a church that is intentionally and incarnationally making disciples who make disciples (i.e. a Disciplemaking Church” -Matthew 28:19-20) in order to be used by God as a means of grace in fulfilling the Great Commission.
I believe a pastor’s role and commitment is primarily to give direction and lead (1 Timothy 3:1-7), train and equip leaders (Ephesians 4:11-16, Matthew 28:19-20), teach and preach God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:1-2), and be a model disciplemaker (2 Timothy 2:2).  In modeling disciplemaking in his own life, a pastor must intentionally train disciples with accountability on the basis of healthy and loving relationships (John 13:34-35).  In this way the God builds (through the pastor) a multitude of disciples that savor God in worship, strengthen their walk with God, shape others for service in ministry, and spread the Kingdom of God in evangelism and missions.   In Mark 12:29-31 (Matt. 22:36-40, The Great Commandment), Jesus not only commands every church to organize to love and worship God, but also gives every church and thus the pastor a direct Biblical responsibility to organize the group infrastructure of the church in order to produce healthy and loving relationships.  Since the church is a family of believers and a group of groups, each group (i.e. worship services, Sunday schools, small groups, task groups, etc.) needs to know its purpose in making disciples in relation to all the other groups in the church.  This group infrastructure must be supported by accountability, developed through expository preaching, and fueled by heart-felt God-centered worship.  It is important that the pastor, while wanting a relevant ministry, regulate all these concepts of disciplemaking in the church’s body life (community) and ministry by Scripture alone (i.e. Scripture is the preeminent authority).  A pastor, by continuously multiplying disciples and leaders who are growing spiritually and training others in obedience to God’s commands, will (by God’s blessing) enable a church to grow, both numerically and spiritually, to reach out in ministry, and to impact their community and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In order to fulfill the Great commission and become a “disciplemaking church” a pastor must also be a servant who is committed to his personal walk with God through prayer, personal worship, evangelism, and the study of God's Word.  Out of this intimate relationship with God will flow Biblical values that will sustain, prioritize, and focus his ministry.  In following the Lord Jesus Christ, some of the ministry values I hold to include being: 
1) God-centered:  I value putting God at the center of all that I do. I put His glory, supremacy, and His honor first, asking in every decision, ““Will this bring the greatest glory and praise to our God?”  In this sense, the pursuit of joy in God is not wrong; indeed, it is God’s command.  This is why “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”  
2) Bible-saturated: I value being saturated with the inerrant and infallible Scriptures, which are God’s reliable, authoritative, and sufficient revelation. I value a growing love for the Word, as well as a deepening understanding of it, in each person within the church, whether old or young.  I value Biblical theology as a commitment to know the God of the Bible as He has revealed Himself in Scripture. 
3) Expository-exalting: I value “expository exultation,” as the Spirit-anointed preacher delights in bringing forth from Scripture the teaching that God has revealed for our good and His glory.  This is preaching which expounds what Scripture says in a particular passage, carefully explaining its meaning and applying it to the congregation.  
4) Christ-treasuring: The essence of worship is valuing Christ more than all the world has to offer. Thus, I value corporate worship that honors Him and helps us to cherish Him more and more highly through touching both the mind and the heart. Singing, praying, reading the Word, and preaching are all vital parts of such worship.  Worshiping Christ is the fuel and goal of all missions and ministry. 
5) Prayer-powered: I value prayer as our amazing privilege of speaking with the King of the Universe, expressing and developing our intimate family relationship with Him. I value prayer as the source of power and the visible engine for all our efforts. 
6) Gospel-Driven: The gospel is the heart of Christianity and what drives my ministry.  But the good news is not that God wants to meet people's felt needs or help them develop a healthier self-image.  We have sinfully rebelled against our Creator and Judge.  Yet He has graciously sent His Son to die the death we deserved for our sin, and He has credited Christ's acquittal to those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension. That is the good news.  Gospel driven churches should not be driven by pragmatism, but a commitment to grow in a Biblical understanding of the gospel, conversion, and evangelism.  The whole truth is that our deepest need is spiritual life, and that is why I present the gospel openly (calling for repentance and faith), while leaving the converting and results to God (Rom. 1:16). 
7) Evangelism-Embracing - First, Evangelism is worship.  it is just as much a sin to not evangelize as disobeying any other biblical command because one doesn't love Christ preeminently.  The reason Christians don't evangelize is that they don't rightly worship God.  When God is rightly treasured in worship, it is natural to proclaim and call people to know the God that one loves.  Secondly, how someone shares the gospel is closely related to how he understands the gospel.  To present it as an additive (life enhancement) that gives non-Christians something that they naturally want (i.e. joy or peace) is to present a half-truth, which elicits false conversions. The whole truth is that our deepest need is spiritual life, and that new life only comes by repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus.  I am committed to training others in Biblical evangelism by modeling gospel witness in different contexts (and as a way of life) openly, aggressively, conversationally, and relationally as a way of life; while leaving the converting to God.  Success in biblical evangelism is proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every context in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results with God.  
8) Community-loving: I value the diversity that God created among mankind; even more, I value the unity in diversity that God creates in His church – a unity that manifests itself not only in smiles on Sunday mornings, but in an authentic community showing love, fellowship, accountability, care, and concern throughout the week as we share our lives with each other.
9) Missions-mobilizing: I value aggressive intentionality in missions and evangelism, the privilege God has given all of us of being His ambassadors, accomplishing His goal of spreading the knowledge of His glory to all the nations. I value spreading a passion for His supremacy to all peoples (Malachi 1:1): those within our culture and those without, those who live nearby and those who live on other continents.  The greatest benefit to mankind can be accomplished through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the establishment of new churches that preach the Word of God and minister according to its commands, precepts, and wisdom.  (Matthew 9:36-38).  I want to be involved in a church that multiplies by planting other churches locally, nationally, and internationally. 
10) Family-strengthening: I value building up strong marriages and families, where God’s Word is taught and lived out, where husbands love their wives as Christ loved the church, where wives respect their husbands, where the hearts of the parents are turned toward their children, and the hearts of the children toward their parents. 
11) Disciple-multiplying: I value growth in Christ-likeness and holiness in every believer, as all of us become more mature disciples. Recovering true disciplemaking that leads to multiplication for today (i.e. disciplemaking-disciples) will build the church and promote a clearer witness to the world.  The only way we can obey the Great Commission is by involving all the people who name Jesus Christ as their Lord in Spiritual multiplication.  Disciplemaking multiplication is not in-grown, but sees evangelism as the beginning and the end of the process.
12)  Joy-pursuing: The pursuit of joy in God is not wrong; indeed, it is God’s command. For God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11.
God has gifted me for teaching/preaching, evangelism, discipleship, and administration (leadership).  It is my commitment and desire to demonstrate how a church - that endeavors to be God-centered, , Bible-saturated, Expository-revivingChrist-exalting, prayer-powered, Gospel driven, evangelism-embracing, community--loving, missions-mobilizing, family-strengthening, disciple-multiplying and joy-pursuing can impact their community and the world for Jesus Christ.