The fifth goal of the “Men’s Leadership Class” is that each man would be part of a ministry or lead a ministry at JBC or in the church that they attend. In Ephesians, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to a local church that he started, he says that the job of Pastors is to train those in the church to do the work of the ministry in the church, not to do the work of the ministry. That admonition is a key passage for me in defining my job description. A basic, easily observable fact is that in most churches 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Anybody knows that it isn’t supposed to be that way. My personal leadership goal is that 100% of the people would be actively involved in a meaningful and significant ministry. Of the people who are in most churches who are not actively involved, the reason isn’t that they are lazy, or don’t care, or even to busy, it is because they don’t know exactly what to do or if they would be successful at doing it. A motto that I have is that “there are as many active ministers (people involved in some sort of ministry) that have been trained”. Ministries are meant to meet needs that people have, needs of all ages and for people in the church and those outside the church.
Our ministries have 3 characteristics: (1) The staff doesn’t micro-manage the ministries in the church. If a person in our church has a ministry we give them as much help and counsel as they want, but we aren’t looking over their shoulder to make sure they are doing it right. It is their ministry and they can pretty much do what they want. (2) The staff doesn’t start ministries unless their is a lay person in the church available to lead it who is passionate about it. Our motto is, “We never start ministry on the basis of need, we always start ministry on the basis of available leadership”. (3) As the staff we train, encourage, cast vision, and influence those in the church so that at least 50% of the ministries in JBC would be outward focused and effective as a tool to attract people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.