Larry Vinson

A Christ-Centered Minister who is Passionate about Spreading God's Gospel.

Philosophy of Ministry

How I See Ministry Happening in the Church

Coming up with a philosophy of ministry is never an easy thing but nevertheless it is vastly important for a minister to know where he stands. The following is an overview of how I feel ministry should happen in the church and how I see my role in all of this.

Side Note: Even though this is an overview, it is never set in stone. As I grow in my knowledge of the Scripture, as I work alongside the elders of the church, and as I discern what the Lord is saying in the context of my situation, how I see the ministry will become more complete.

What is my role?

2 Corinthians 5:18–21 - “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

             What does that mean for me? Simple. God has spent a lot of time since Adam and Eve trying to bring us back to the point when we can come together in complete fellowship with Him once again. The way He accomplished that was through Jesus Christ’s death on a cross and resurrection from the grave. Now to us, Christ has given us the job of bringing people to the point where they can reconcile with God through faith, repentance, baptism, and a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. As a minister I am challenged by Paul’s plea for all of God’s people to be ambassadors for Christ and I know that wherever I minister, my first job will be to reconcile all people back to God. 

What is the Church’s role?

Ephesians 4:1–6 - “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

               This has a lot of things within it, but since this is an overview I’ll be brief. First Paul tells us to “walk in a manner worthy” of our calling, this tells me that the Church needs to live up to its name. The church is not a building, it’s the people within God’s Kingdom that make up “the Church”. It is not a coincidence that Paul moves on from these comments to talking about the importance of “The Body of Christ.” The church is all about people and therefore so must it’s purpose. 

                In order to fulfill its purpose, the Church must love God, love people, and spread the Gospel (Matthew 22:37-40; 28:18-20). The Church must also be authentic and real to the people who walk into our lives. We need to let people know that when we come to worship Christ, we come as imperfect people in need of a loving Savior and we are always willing to share that love with others. Finally, the Church must be unified. In John 17 Jesus prays that we would be unified so that people may know that the Father sent the Son into the world to die for their sins. Unity is the most powerful tool the Church can have to win the lost for Jesus Christ. 

How does my role and the church’s role work together?

Hebrews 12:1–2 - “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

From my viewpoint this is how I understand these two roles coming together

          1.The Senior Minister and the Elders must have the same vision for the church. If we expect the church to be unified, it must come from a unified Leadership team. 

          2. The Senior Minister must not consider himself any higher than any other member of that church (in my mind I am a minister in a church full of ministers). If Jesus expected His disciples to serve then so must I. 

          3. The Senior Minister is not getting paid to do everything himself. Instead, his job is to help lead, equip, and shepherd God’s people to be doing ministry alongside of him. He is a part of the body, not the body itself. 

On the text above, that is really the ultimate way of accomplishing any purpose in the Kingdom of God. It is our jobs, as Christians, to fix our eyes on Christ the author and perfecter of our faith. As long as we do that, we will be what God has asked us to be all along: His people (Jeremiah 31:31-34)