“The absolute goal vision for ministry is to glorify God.” -George Barna.
To help individuals believe in God and build faith is the duty of every ministry. The church must obediently follow the teachings of Christ to establish leaders and disciples to “observe everything.” It’s his command to use his church to fulfill the journey of spirituality and virtue- to follow God with all your soul, heart, and mind.
Even so, it is important to understand that following the teachings of Christ and his directives do not mean outright conformity in ministry style. Instead, it varies from place to place and individual to individual. How church and ministry operate is unique, yet they all must abide by four important commitments to ensure that they align in terms of teaching and discipleship.
- Each Church Must Commit To Preach And Teach The Word Of God
The first and foremost important commitment that every church, regardless of area or cultural factor, must make is to ensure preaching and teaching of the Bible. This practice is not only required from the pastor’s end at the time of services but also from each of the church’s ministries.
God desires to produce mature followers or disciples, which is attainable by proclaiming the “whole counsel of God” and comprehensive description of Scripture.
- Each Church Must Commit To Make Disciples
The last set of instructions that Christ gave his disciples was the significance and necessity of spiritual reproduction and outreach. In simple terms, the function and programming of each church must work to create global discipleship. They can participate in a Disciple making program to ignite the missional discipleship movement all over the world. It will help transform the church to build spiritually mature leaders and a deep community that cares about others.
- Each Church Must Commit To Equip People For Work Of Ministry
Ephesians 4:11-16, “…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up, until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
It means that a ministry is not accomplishing the church’s biblical mission if it’s not training the believers and helping them grow in spiritual maturity. Using God’s word to equip believers of Jesus, faith, and hope is important to serve the church.
- Each Church Must Commit To Helping People Understand And Apply God’s Word In Their Daily Lives
Learning that the church’s service is not limited to Sunday morning “lectures.” Instead, the disciples and other hearers must implement the truth and teachings in their daily lives. They must live by the principles of Scripture and help others follow the same. Believe it or not, it will help improve their daily lives and connect with the Lord at a deeper level.
Wrapping It All Up
Understand that it is the foremost responsibility of the ministries to abide by these commitments and Christ’s teachings, as it helps create “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Churches can operate differently but must line up with the clear teaching of Scripture and alignment with commitments.