Ever since I decided to enter into Christian ministry as the sole means of supporting myself and my family, I have entertained serious questions about the overarching goal of Christian Ministry. Is the primary goal of all that we do as God’s church to convert people to Jesus Christ? Is it to inform and correct those people who have already become disciples? Is it to nurture and serve them? Is it to organize them? Is it to equip, empower, mobilize, and release them into Christian Ministry? Surely the answer is “Yes” to all of these worthy goals. The challenge is deciding how to accomplish such a task.

Let’s assume that we hired one man to do the work we have just described. In order to accomplish the task he would have to be gifted in the following areas:

  • Evangelism.
  • Prophecy.
  • Teaching.
  • Exhortation.
  • Pastoring/Shepherding.
  • Showing Mercy.
  • Serving.
  • Giving.
  • Administration.

As I look over that list I can think of a great man or woman of God who excels at each of the tasks listed. But I have NEVER met any man or woman who is gifted in every area—have you? I don’t know anyone who could effectively operate in more than a couple of the areas at the same time—do you?

Thank God for His Wisdom. To accomplish the task of going into the entire world, making disciples, baptizing them, and then teaching them what Christ taught His disciples (i.e., mobilizing, equipping, empowering, and releasing them into Christian Ministry), He created the church of Christ.

He does not expect the job to be done by any one of us; He expects the job to be done by all of us. And so I suppose that the overarching goal of Christian Ministry could be described as: teaching disciples of Jesus Christ the basic principles of teamwork.