Pastoral Ministry
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 27, 2004
"Understanding Yourself, Your Theology & Philosophy of Ministry, and Your Context"

I.   Theology of Ministry
A.   Example: Christian ministry is fundamentally about participation in the ongoing ministry of Christ Himself, who invites us into all that He is doing today by the power of the Spirit
B.   Theological themes that shape philosophy
1.   Christological
2.   Community
3.   Incarnation
4.   Servanthood
5.   Ministry as divine revelation
6.   Spirit-infused ministry
II.   Examples of Paradigms of Ministry Philosophy
Spiritual Day Car
Fitness Center
Problem solving
Meet felt needs
One another
Spiritual growth
Desires development
Corporate worship
Worship setting
Formal liturgy
Reach out to the lost
Service Station
School of Doctrine
Manufacturing Co
Responsibility for another
Expect to give
Mutual trust & love
Reverence for God
High respect for God
Proclaim redemption
Seek the lost
Bring the lost in
Need for belonging
Needs reassurance
Homogenous groups
Stage 1 - Belonging
State 2 - Participation
Stage 3 - leadership
Responsible to God
God's attributes
Emphasis on symbols
Love of God
Love for people
Bank of Eternity
Always being right
Solutions to problems
Other Christians
Deep relationships
Use of one's gifts
God's holiness
Personal humility
Justice, mercy, faith
Salvation, stewardship
And reconciliation
III.   Personal Philosophical Foundations
Scriptural Teaching
Personal Beliefs & Convictions
Who or what will be the purpose of my ministry
How do I feel about the people to whom I am sent to minister?
Why do I seek to minister?
What are the things which I hold to be most important?
IV.   Theology of Change Addresses Two Areas
A.   Functions (Never change)
1.   Worship
2.   Evangelism
3.   Community
B.   Forms (must change)
1.   hymns/praise songs
2.   altar calls/kind acts
3.   potluck/small groups
V.   Strategic Thinking and Acting
A.   Timeless
1.   Values
2.   Mission
3.   Purpose
4.   Vision
B.   Subject to Change
1.   Structures
2.   Strategy
3.   Systems
4.   Policies
VI.   Model for Strategic Thinking and Acting
A.   Your ministry philosophy <-
B.   Ministry analysis <- - overall observation of the people we are already ministering with
C.   Values discovery
D.   Mission development - where does the church seem to be going
E.   Environmental scan -> - overall observation of the people we are trying to reach
F.   Vision development
G.   Strategy development
H.   Strategy implementation ->
I.   Ministry contingencies
J.   Ministry evaluation
VII.   Leadership Styles
A.   Task
B.   Relational
VIII.   Ministry Analysis (a compatibility check -does this church fit me)
A.   Foundational
1.   Genetic Code - The identity of the church
2.   Core Leadership - The seriousness for mission in the church
3.   Organization - The structure of the church
B.   Functional
1.   Changing People - How people experience God in the church
2.   Growing Christians - How people grow in relationship to Jesus
3.   Discerning Call - How people discover their place in God's plan
4.   Equipping Disciples - How people are trained for ministers
5.   Deploying Servants - How people are sent into the world and are supported by the church
C.   Formal
1.   Property - Locations, facility, technology
2.   Finance - Stewardship, budget, debt-management
3.   Communications -Information, marketing, advertising