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Report Styles and Model of Ministry

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Published by: Jesse Amiel Aspacio-Ruiz Ramoso on May 23, 2012
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Jesse Amiel A. Ramoso Prof. Doreen BenavidezMdiv-Foundation of the Ministry ProfessorStyles and Models of ministry
Today our churches faces diffirent challenges and difficulties that force us to be push to unbalancesituation. We tend to embrace so many kinds of styles and approach that might address our situation.However, Seamands remind us in his book Ministry in the Image of God chapter five, that if we aregoing to use diffirent approaches inorder to understand the mystery of Trinity it might lead us to amechanical and not work of the Holy Spirit anymore rather our ouwn ways. The best way to maximizestyles and models of ministry can be trace back early church.Harold Westing, In his book he said that early Christians pratices can be traced back to Jerusalemwhere the first apotles of Jesus developed during their time and these can be found in Acts 2:42-47. Itwas from their heart that they were committed to scriptures, to one another, to prayer, to praise andworship and to evangelism. Of course we cannot removed the fact that it is by the empowering of theHoly Spirit that made them committed to accomplish all of these. The churches today has difficulty onimplementing these five simple pratices that our early apostles of Jesus leave us. The early church spreadsporadically because of these. We knew that their faith were tested through different situations andchallenges in life. They even stone to death or sawed in two, burned or chopped yet they never give up.This kind of attitude we need today in our church not because we need church growth and increase our attendance, beautiful buildings and large amount of cash. What satan is doing today is that he kept usaway from what the early church is doing, rather we will be self centered and very individualism.However we should prayerfully seek these things to do the same things as they do during their time.
 
Commitment to scriptures: Commitment to one another, commitment to prayer, commitment to praiseand worship, commitment to evangelism. In this five aspects of commitments lead us into realizing thaton early church has values that now reminding us to highly consider. In his book, he outline six valuesthat should be developed in our church . One, “values comes from a close companion ship with Him”.John 10:27 Jesus said, My sheep hears my voice, I knew them and they follow me. We need to imposethese in our church that without the Word of God in our church, the curch can never be a church.Therefore, the value of treating the bible should be with great respect and reverenge. The entire bibleshould be a Word of God, therefore it should be treated as a voice of Gopd when it is being preach tomatter who preaches. Yes, we knew that Bible is the entire Word of God, but how much we value this inour daily walk will affect the chrurch. Prayer is next to Word of God. As Kalr Barth emphasize that aWord without prayer is blind and prayer without word is misleading. Pastors that stay in the presence of God in prayer will find refuge, shelter or even provisions from God though cannot be seen by members but it can be sense. SEcond, “preaching is a values plaform”. Jn 14:8 When the Holy Spirit comes he willconvict people from their sins”. Preaching is very important to impart values, wither people will follow or not atleast when they hear peaching it will drammatically affect their values. Preaching in the pulpit is agreat venue where people and God communicates. Therefore, pastors should also give people chances toresponse or even speak to God right after they hear the preaching. Third, “doing your theology clarifiesvalues”. We need to preach but what we preach is we need to apply and it is visible from the members point of view. A lot of a good preachers today, but they are detached to congregation and detached to theopportunity to see the values of a pastors on how it is applied in his personal life and in public. Therefore people has lack of examples and it discourage them on how to apply what is preach and being heard inthe pulpit. Fourth, Imparting values will lead people into disequilibrium. Yes, this is true because peoplewill look at us, because this makes them comfortable or sometime uncomfortable. People might throw usaway when we engage their comfortable situation by confronting them their sins and push them to therighteousness like the prophets of Old Testament. Fifth, Biblical behavior will lead us to Biblical Values.
 
We need to expose our congregation into a real world not only in our churches, classrooms and evenhouses where they can hide themselves from realities. We need to bring them to a ground where their attitude can be challenge. We need also to expose them to people who will be a model of a biblicalvalues. Sixth, our values tends to comes from our cultures. Diffirent culture has different approach andunderstanding of a certain practices or even understanding the passages of the Bible. It means our communications and understanding can be shattered due to culture barrier. However, values can be shapein a certain community, if the powerful media influence the whole America or Philippines, the Word of God can also change the whole congregation even the world upside down. Harold also suggest about 10 points of philosophy in the ministry and the first demand is “that there is diversity in unity in the body of Christ”. Because of these we need to respect each other because in 1 Cor 12 we have different functionsand giftings; these will cause building the body of Christ. He imphasize that we need a clear goal in our ministry, and speaking of goal we need a philosophy. Second, the cultures demands it. We need to knowthat like an individual the church has its own distinct and specialization that makes ther church different.Third, Ministry demands it. NO leadership in the church agree that there is no sense of success andeffectivity, leaders should strive to achieve this. Fourth, every church needs a centered focus. Visionshould be clearly define and properly communicated and implemented. Fifth, balance of the ministrydemands it. Varius activities and weekly ministries will sometimes keep us away into perfective.Philosophy in the ministry will keep us back to a balance position. There are manay demand in theministry like, diversity of methodology, different talent has different approach if not properly regulated itcause troubles. Seventh, facility and philosophy are integrated, when churches shape new buildings itshape also the members. Eightth, Philosophy of ministry becomes a guide for all ministry dicisions. Nosingle ideas and approach will lead us into unifying dicision making, however philosophy in church willguard us from differennt extreme. Nineth, calling the right staff necissitates a clarity of philosophy.Ministers has their own pattern or approaches to ministries, whitout philosophy it frutrate us from certainexpectation from booth parties. Lastly, Philosophy calls people to your church membership, church is

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