The Pastoral Philosophy, The Ministry Philosophy – By Pastor CTJ
The Pastoral philosophy of the Fellowship is a fairly simple one.
Big Sheep, not Big Pens.
To that end, from the outset, the goal has been to train, equip, empower and send men and women into the world to serve Christ and be the community of faith right where they are. We believe that is the Biblical model.
I look at Jesus and see one who:
1) Trained his disciples, putting them to work in the midst of their training: – John 4:1-3
2) Gloried/rejoiced in their successes: – Luke 10:17-21
3) Gave them grace even as he covered their failures: – Mark 9:14-29
Why do we not function like most other churches do?
Personally, I believe that Ephesians 4 is clear that ‘pastor/teacher’ (like Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist) is a GIFT to/for the body, not a rank, so I practice those three things with the people that God has assigned to me to lead, to the best of my abilities, and graced by the Holy Spirit.
Now for the record, as a Fellowship, we aim to adhere to the model set forth in Acts 2:42-47, namely:
Receive the Word and Be baptized, Study the Word, Live the Word, Love the Lord, Love your Neighbor.
It is often messy and sometimes problematic in operation because people are just that, people.
Clearly, as the past several years have shown, this is not for everyone. But it is doable, and I pray that in the days/weeks/months ahead we will redouble our efforts to be the Community of Faith that He has ordained us to be.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. This is how we know that we remain in Him, and He in us: He has given ⌊assurance⌋ to us from His Spirit. – 1 John 4:7-13 (HCSB)