I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and this is the “Strategic Christian Leadership” Podcast, Episode 61. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.
Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 3:1-3 which says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”
Our quote for this episode is from Tom Landry. He said, “Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”
In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.
Our topic today is part 7 of “Chapter 4: Developing a Biblical Mission: What We Are Supposed to be Doing” from “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs. He continues as follows:
Every ministry must know its purpose as well as its mission. The purpose is part of the ministry’s congregational heart and soul. It is why the ministry exists, but it is not the mission. Let’s go on to see what the mission is.
I define a mission as a broad, brief, biblical statement of what the ministry is supposed to be doing (“Make disciples!”). This definition has five key elements.
The first element of the definition expresses the expansiveness of a mission. A good mission must be broad, comprehensive, and overarching. It is the primary goal, mandate, or charge that is over all other goals or mandates of the ministry. They are subsumed under the mission. It is the predominate thrust that directs all that the church does, the umbrella that is over all the ministry’s activities. And, most important, every ministry in the church must advance in some way the mission. The question we must constantly ask of our ministries is, How and what do they contribute to the church’s mission? And the same applies to someone who wants to start a ministry in the church. At this point I would challenge you to do a quick inventory of your ministries, asking what each contributes to realizing the church’s mission, if there is any overlap, and if the people involved in these ministries know and understand the question.
It is possible for a mission to be too expansive, so broad that it doesn’t say anything. An example is a mission statement that says that the church will glorify God. Glorifying God is the church’s purpose, not its mission, and the concept, without explanation, does not communicate what the church will actually do. The average parishioner as well as many pastors do not know what it means to glorify God.
— PRAYER —
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”