On Church Programs and Ministries

Ministry or Simplicity?

 VBS. Missions trips. Homeless ministry. Youth programs. Bible studies. The church calendar can be packed full of events and activities like these. Should the local church commit to ministries or follow a simpler model? Christian leaders and pastors Michael Horton, Tim Keller, and Matt Chandler draw from their own experience to comment on church programs and problems arise with church ministries. 

Dr. Michael Horton is the Founder of the White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for reformation, is the Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation magazine, and co-host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast. Timothy Keller is the Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  

Michael started the conversation calling for the simplification of ministries in the local church. Matt talked about the structure of The Village Church and Tim addressed certain issues that arise with church ministries.

Do you agree with Michael, Matt, and Tim that churches should be simplified? Why or why not?
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Does your church create official programs for every potential ministry, or is it more simplistic? What advantages do you see to this approach? What disadvantages do you see?
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What has your experience been with programs in the local church? How have church ministries impacted your walk with God (either positively or negatively)?
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Matt said The Village Church believes Christians’ ministry should be in their homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces. By this definition, where are the ministries in your life? How could you invest in your home, neighborhood, or workplace for Christ this week?
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Take a few moments to consider the ministries you’re involved in. Pray and ask God to show you if you need to simplify your schedule or shift your focus. Thank Him for the places He’s given you to make a difference. If you’re struggling to find a place to serve, start at home, school, work, or around town. Ask God to use you in your context for His glory. 

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