Glen James - Positional Papers

Philosophy of Ministry

Glen- Servants in ActionMy resume includes a brief philosophy of ministry statement, however, I wanted to provide a more detailed statement inclusive of a leadership philosophy.

After 25 years of experience as a leader in business coinciding with a servant leadership in the church, I have learned more from my failures than successes.  The journey and progressive development of my philosophy of ministry continues to evolve from a metrics / measurement approach to a more relationship centric process.

While it is important to use numbers and statistics as a guide, the means to those “ends” is the process of transformation and change as the Lord uses us in the sanctification (growth) process. Relationships are the thread that is woven through all we do in serving the Kingdom.  To often, we see results of personal failure or success and from that we determine meaning.  Instead, it is more of the process and beginnings that are planted during the process that God uses to prepare us and mold us in His image.  Results show what we are looking for; the process, the tension, the means is the place of impact God uses to mold our experience and journey as He progressively sculpts us for the next chapter.

As such, our mission should be focused on the core purpose God has for our ministry.  In most cases, this purpose will stem from knowing Him better and making Him know (Matthew 28).  As an organization formulates the specific way God has purposed them to fulfill that mission – the members should resolve to strategically and tactically execute their jobs in a manner that leads to the over-riding purpose God has laid out for that organization in making Him known and knowing Him better.

Ministry is not about a person or people, it is about Jesus Christ.  Ministry is not about a Pastor – it is about people collectively working in order to fulfill the imperatives given by Christ.  Most notably is to love one another (John 14).  Our role as leaders is to insure we ourselves are in line with the purpose He has set forth and then to come along the side of others insuring we are all unified and heading in the same direction – with purpose.

While our roles differ (Pastor, Staff, Elders, and congregational members), we remain of equal value in the body of Christ.  Our functions differ, our tasks differ, our job descriptions are unique – but they all must lead to the same outcome in service to the purpose He has made known to a specific body as it lives out making Him known and knowing Him better.

Leadership roles, discipleship, mentoring, accountability, execution, and communication all have a place in a philosophy of ministry.  Each of these areas requires discussion and development that is specific to a given body and situation a leadership board is engaged.  While I am prepared to discuss any of these issues at length, my intent was to give a more general view of my philosophy of ministry.