Why I Write

Everywhere I go, I see hurting, struggling, ineffective or wrongly aligned ministry. We’ve all seen it. Some ministries are producing devoted ‘know-ers’, but not transformed hearts. Some produce massive ‘fruit’, but not fruit that bears seed. Other ministries have produced an ‘army’ of Christ-followers, but they are Christ-followers who lack the love of Christ. No single, silver bullet will fix ministry woes throughout our region and around the world, but I believe there are a handful of missing values in Christian ministry around the globe. The church is crippled, limited, and restrained without these crucial values in place. Specifically:

1) A Trinitarian/Affective Theology of God, humanity, and their interactions. More simply said, the global church seems to lack a true understanding of the relational nature of God (in His Triunity), and the fundamental role of love and relationship in ministry. I see a Christian culture of Stoicism pervading Christendom. Many will acknowledge and view ‘relational ministry’ as an important tool or means to an end in ministry. But few live a life that demonstrates love as an end-in-of-itself, a core value, a watershed issue, that captures and captivates all that we do.

2) A default trust in the transformative, relational Word of God. Sometimes the most powerful and obvious things are the hardest to see. Most churches would claim a trust in God’s Word, and some even act on it, but all-to-often God’s Word is treated like a textbook to be studied, a guidebook for life, or an outdated manual that needs to be ‘dressed up.’ Others treat it as the ultimate ‘power tool,’ useful for fixing problems or guarding doctrine. But it is a rare minority who delightfully approach God’s Word as a love letter to be devoured, and invite their disciples to do the same.

3) A desire to change the world through the multiplicative effects of making-disciples. There are all sorts of popular and trendy ways to change the world these days. Christian leadership has its place in the spotlight. Mega-churches are getting lots of market share. Church planting is exciting for the pioneering in spirit. Small groups help everyone feel better that they’re not just running ‘programs.’ Even the word ‘discipleship’ still gets used, often in conjunction with a program or 10-week-study. But few, indeed, are those who are willing to invest their lives–their lives!–into the life of a few others. Jesus changed the world this way. So did the apostles. We want to follow in their footsteps.

4) A Developmental understanding of people and practice of education. God made people delightfully unique and surprisingly similar. He made His truth remarkable clear and full of nuance. All are made in His image, and all have fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus, who knew all the answers, asked more questions of others than they did of Him. God is remarkably hostile towards hypocrisy and kind towards doubt. I dream of a movement of youth ministry (and adult ministry) that avoids the pitfalls of transmissive education or romantic humanism, but instead joins people in the journey, with a specific destination in mind. A ministry where we don’t tell people all the answers, and we don’t avoid answers. A ministry like Jesus.

Of course, I don’t have all the pieces figured out, nor are these all of the pieces of effective ministry. I don’t write because I know all the pieces.  I write to share the journey–with you.

Want to know more? Visit my About page to find out more about my story and journey.  Read my Ministry Themes and Ministry Values for more of what I believe.

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