Philosophy of Ministry

Pastors’ Philosophy of Ministry

In general, our philosophy of ministry as shepherds of God’s flock can be expressed in a single word –Christ. Paul said, “For me to live is Christ.” That was his philosophy of life and ministry. It is ours as well. What do we mean by that?

First, Christ is the explanation for our ministry – He’s the reason why we are pastors. He saved us, called us with a holy calling, and put us into this ministry. If the question is, “Why do you men serve in the church as pastors, what motivates you to lay down your lives for the flock?” our answer is, “Christ.”

Second, Christ is the example for our ministry – His way is the way we want to pastor. He came to serve and called us to do the same (Mark 10:43-45). He’s given us a record of His life and ministry and instructions so we know what to do. If the question is, “How will you seek to serve?” our answer is, “like Christ.”

From Christ’s example and teaching, we understand that:

  • our goal is to make disciples for God’s glory (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • our priorities are prayer and ministry of the word (Mark 1:35-39, Acts 6:4)
  • our plan is to show an example to the flock and seek in every way to equip the
    saints for the work of ministry that together we will exalt our Savior, evangelize
    sinners, and edify and equip future servants of God (Eph 4:11-12, 1 Pet 5:1-3).


Third, Christ is the energy for our ministry. His strength is our supply (Col 1:28-29; 1 Peter 4:10-11). Christ has given us His Spirit to strengthen us when we’re weary, convict and correct us when we go astray, comfort us when we’re downhearted. If the question is, “How do you do it?” our answer is, “through Christ.”

Finally, Christ is the end of our ministry. It is for His sake, for His name, for His glory that we labor and strive. He is coming soon! And when He appears we want to be found faithful. We want to present to Him a pure bride. If the question is, “Why keep going?” our answer is “for Christ.”

And if the question is, “How long?” our answer is “Until we see Him face to face.”