Introduction To Ministry Management Team

 

Congratulations! You are about to begin one of the most exciting and fulfilling journeys that you can take as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. Whether you are new in the faith or a long-time believer, you may still be wondering what your place is in God’s church. The Bible teaches that every believer in Christ is a minister and has a ministry to perform. That includes you! You have been uniquely gifted with special talents and gifts that God desperately needs to complete His work on earth. It is true that others could do a similar work. They may lead out or be involved in various ministries. Yet the truth is no one can do it like you. Only you can be you with all your life experiences, personality traits, and passions. Without you being involved, God’s work will suffer a huge loss.

 

These materials have been designed to help you discover God’s unique blueprint for your life. We have provided questionnaires and assessments to help guide you in the process of personal discovery. Although these forms can be an important tool, they are not the only part that is essential. There are at least two other components that are needed. First, we invite you to begin a deep searching after God through Bible study and prayer. God promises that when we seek after God with all of our heart, He will make Himself known (Jer. 29:13). God never intended our place in ministry to be a secret that we will never discover in our lifetime. This would be unfair of God, especially when He says in the Parable of the Talents that He will hold us accountable for what we have done with all that we have been given at His return. No, God is merciful and gracious. He loves to reveal His plan and purpose for our lives because He knows how much it will bring us personal joy and fulfillment.

 

Second, God has placed us in community with a body of believers so that we can receive honest feedback. An important aspect of discovering our gifts is to seek counsel and advice from other spirit-led men and women. If we feel we are being led into a certain area of ministry, but no one else in the body recognizes it, then we must begin to question if this is really where God is directing. As you go through this journey, be open to what others say. Take to heart their wisdom and counsel. Proverbs 11:13 tells us that there is safety in the counsel of many.

 

Ministry can be very exciting, but it can also be frustrating at times. We must be reminded each day of our great need of the Holy Spirit. Like the disciples in the first century, we too have little to offer on our own. We lack the skills, talents, and resources to do the work that God is calling us to do in these last days. Which is why we desperately need the power of God working in our midst. When the Holy Spirit is unleashed upon those who are willing to make a difference for God, the impossible begins to occur. What seemed unlikely now becomes a reality through the workings of God. So if you feel inadequate or weak, you need not to worry. Believe it or not you are in a good place! God works with the willing at heart. Trust God and move forward with Him. The Holy Spirit will be your guide and helper. Zechariah 4:6 reminds us, “Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.”

 

Blessings upon all of God’s ministers!

 

 

Pastor Vic