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What is a “Philosophy of Ministry”?

What is a “Philosophy of Ministry”?

What does “philosophy of ministry” mean?

Philosophy of ministry is the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ behind the decision making of the church. If you want to understand what a church is actually like, knowing a church’s philosophy of ministry will give you a pretty good indication of what to expect.

It should be noted that not every church has a stated philosophy of ministry. Nevertheless, a philosophy of ministry always exists behind the ordinary work of the church. If carefully observed, every church will display a pattern of decision making that is generally informed by the convictions of those in positions of power. A stated Philosophy of ministry seeks to capture the essence of those convictions, decision making rights, and strategy.

As a gift to our church, and to those who are interested in our church, we are publishing our philosophy of ministry. Our hope and prayer is that this document will help to clarify the why and the how of what we do and don’t do as a church.