How to Measure Your Ministry by Biblical Standards
- Monday, October 08, 2007
4) Equip every disciple to participate in God's redemption plan. Urge every church member to embrace Jesus' call to witness to others about the power of the Gospel to redeem lost humanity. Help your congregation learn how to show and tell others how Jesus is working in their lives. Constantly be on the lookout for people in your church who are especially gifted in evangelism, and provide the training and encouragement they need to become even more effective as they use that gift. Help your congregation learn more about the world's unreached people, and motivate them to care and do something about it, such as by praying for missionaries and supporting them financially. Encourage church members to consider becoming career missionaries themselves, and moving out into the field to serve. Plan your church's short-term mission trips well to maximize their effectiveness, prepare thoroughly for such trips, have someone in the host country supervise the workers, and provide a reentry program to help people process their mission trip experiences well. Set policies in place to make sure that the money your church sends to overseas missionaries reaches them and is used well. Encourage integrity and gratitude on the part of both givers and receivers. Encourage your congregation to pray often for global outreach, and intercede for the specific needs of each your church's missionaries throughout the year. Help your church members learn how to manage their money according to biblical principles. Expect them to give sacrificially, and celebrate and thank them for their sacrificial giving. Encourage them to grow in their spiritual maturity through investing financially in your church's ministries more and more.
5) Follow Jesus' example of servant leadership. Make Jesus the Lord of your life and ministry, and encourage everyone else in your church to do the same. Look to Jesus as the ultimate example of leadership. Set safeguards in place to deter leaders at your church from abusing their personal power. Have leaders share authority in ways that encourage them to hold each other accountable to lead with integrity. Let love - for God and other people - be the main motivation for serving as a church leader. Keep God's purposes for your church in mind. Aim to shepherd the congregation well, serving as a guide, caregiver, counselor, and friend. Take the initiative to help meet needs. Serve willingly and eagerly. Don't coerce people; instead, seek to persuade them. Let your actions speak louder than your words about how serious you are about your faith. Be humble. Pray faith-filled prayers often. Help develop unity in your congregation by encouraging people to build caring relationships with each other. Urge each church member to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be humbly guided by the Spirit and biblical principles. Motivate them to pray together often, and join each other to serve the surrounding community in various ways. Don't hesitate to exercise church discipline when necessary to maintain the moral purity of your congregation.
Adapted from The Five Smooth Stones: Essential Principles for Biblical Ministry, copyright 2007 by Robertson McQuilkin. Published by B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tn., www.broadmanholman.com.
Robertson McQuilkin is a conference speaker and writer who served as president of Columbia International University for 22 years. He and his wife, Muriel, served as missionaries in Japan for 12 years. Robertson has written scores of articles and has published several books, including An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, The Great Omission, and Understanding and Applying the Bible. His book, A Promise Kept, is a touching account of his life since his wife's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. McQuilkin resides in Columbia, South Carolina.
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