We believe the church is part of God’s plan for His people (Matthew 16:18), therefore serving Him must be central to our purpose and our programming. What a church believes will shape how it lives, and the vision of our church is to love, live, and serve like Jesus.
We believe that God never intended for only one person to carry the entire responsibility for the church, the Body of Christ. Examples of teamwork in the Bible are Jesus and His apostles, Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas, and Timothy, Paul and Silas. In Romans 12:4-5 we read that, just as there are many parts to our bodies, there are many parts to Christ’s body. No one person possesses all the abilities necessary to make a church fulfill its purpose. If we are to have a fully functioning ministry, teamwork is crucial. Prayerfully and with good communication, each of our ministry teams works together with the pastoral staff to ensure all are working toward a common goal, namely reaching more people with the gospel. We have received a diversity of gifts, talents, and resources, and as faithful stewards, our goal is to present them to God.
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed” Ecclesiastes 4:9.
The Role of Ministry Teams in the church
As a Ministry Team focuses on its area of ministry, the members brainstorm, strategize, make decisions, make recommendations, and then plan how to effectively put into action God’s design, purpose and vision for His church.
A ministry team works to equip and empower God’s people in ministry. A network of workers (shepherds) can come out of ministry teams. In Ephesians 4:11-12, we read that God gave some the responsibility and ability “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Because a pastor cannot effectively equip everyone in the congregation, ministry leaders have the potential to disciple and shepherd those within their ministry.
Ministry Teams model the interconnectedness of God’s family. As they enjoy fellowship with one another and work together to accomplish goals, they remember that their work is done for Him and through Him. “In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord” Ephesians 2:21. It is Jesus from whom “the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” Ephesians 4:16.
Ministry team members collaborate; they share responsibilities, leadership roles, and the workload; they understand what needs to be accomplished; they know how the work being done connects to the overall vision of the church.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.