[vimeo id="133932187"] The world that God has called us to reach changes continuously. Each new day brings with it a new set of cultural norms and challenges. Information is more available to us that ever before in the history of the world. Since this is our reality, how can ministry leaders remain effective in their approach to sharing the gospel? Today, I want to share five key components that will help ministry leaders navigate the challenges of culture.
First, always pray. This one seems like a no-brainer, but I think we need to be reminded of this from time to time. Mark Batterson – who pastors at National Community Church – shares about praying circles around your visions and dreams. He emphasizes the need of ministry leaders to persistently commit they’re requests before God in prayer and believe that God hears our prayers and honors our bold pursuits.
Second, meet the need. I like what the Bible says in James about our works being the evidence our of faith. Often, we can forget the power behind doing what we believe. You see, ministry leaders who meet the needs of the community they serve are putting action and works behind their faith. They’re putting their words of faith into action.
Third, know the culture. Ministry leaders need to be relevant. I don’t mean that we change the message of the gospel, but that we are wise in the way we deliver it. The best thing to do is to get to know your community and understand who the people are that you are called to serve. The more we know about our environment, the more effective our delivery of the gospel will be.
Fourth, study the word. Again, this might be a no-brainer, but in order to deliver the gospel we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. Too many times ministry leaders can offer the easy answers to life questions. The reality is that we need to know the cultural issues of today and offer real answers. There are tough questions that the church needs to answer with Biblically sound answers.
Fifth, invest what you know. Many churches are finding themselves grappling with a succession crisis. This is simply because the leaders did not take time to train up emerging leaders. Every church needs an intentional mentoring process for new leaders. If we’re not willing to invest in others, we’re setting up our organizations for failure.
Thanks for checking out my blog today. I trust you’ve been encouraged by these thoughts. If you have some follow up thoughts, please do not hesitate to write a few words below. Have a great day!