Guest Post by Cindy Bledsoe
Whether we readily acknowledge it or not, we all have certain beliefs that are at the core of our ministry, and what is more, they actively shape the way we do ministry. When was the last time you examined what you believe about the gospel, people, your ministry, your staff, yourself, etc.? Many people would probably respond that they don’t have the time to really consider the question. They are just too busy getting things done. My encouragement is to not get caught up in the urgent at the cost of the important.
Here are some questions I would encourage you to wrestle with:
What do I believe in terms of the gospel?
Would you describe the gospel as: beneficial, good, essential, transformative, guiding, absolute truth, etc.
How do I view people?
Would you describe people in general as: successful, struggling, lonely, strong, weak, capable, needing help, self sufficient, etc.
What is the main objective of our ministry?
Provide a fun place to play sport, a place to learn the dynamics and skills of sports, to grow individual players, to serve the family, to provide a wide variety of programs, to transform lives, to reach out to the community, etc.
What do I believe about myself and my role in the ministry?
Do you see yourself as a leader, helper, teacher, facilitator, pastor, etc.? What role do you see yourself fulfilling?
What beliefs do I have regarding my staff?
Do you believe your staff is talented, competent, well equipped, called by God to your ministry, etc.?
Take the time to think through these questions and pose them to your staff. The resulting dialogue will give you a clear picture of the beliefs that lie at the core of your ministry.