PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL MINISTRY ➢ Every disciple of Jesus is called to make disciples. This means that every individual Christian should understand his or herself to be a “minister”, set apart for the Gospel (Romans 1:1). In this sense, every Christian is in “ministry”. ➢ For a Christian to maximizes the time and resources they have, time must be given (space in a normal schedule) to prioritize personal ministry. Sometimes, the hindrance can be “programmed” church activities that reduce the time Christians have. ➢ How do we define “personal ministry”? Personal ministry happens when a disciple of Jesus Christ intentionally aims to speak the Gospel to a non-believer in
a wise and winsome way. ➢ Examples of personal ministry: o Cody and Brooke spend time with Cody’s parents on Sunday nights. Cody’s parents are not Christians. Cody and Brooke are always looking for opportunities to speak to them about what they heard that morning at church with the hope of sharing the Gospel. o Jeff is asked at work by Peter what he did over the weekend, and he replies that he heard a great sermon in church that helped him understand for the first time what was wrong with the world. When Peter asked him to elaborate, Jeff explains why sin explains the problems in our world. Jeff continues to pray for these sorts of opportunities to present themselves. o Matt and Kacy have two small kids. One day while playing outside, they see their neighbors, Jamie and Kelsey, playing with their kids. They strike up a conversation and begin to share about each other’s lives. Matt and Kacy are praying for more informal opportunities to speak to and build relationships with Jamie and Kelsey.