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The Theology of Ministry, by Dr. John Johnson

Ministry is built upon sound biblical, theological and cultural foundations. Each generation of the Church must understand and build on these foundations, as well as discover relevant contemporary innovations and applications. This course intends to help you integrate an understanding of the Word and the world with the development of a personal philosophy of ministry.

At the end, it's a good exercise to write out you own theology of ministry that you could present to a board and/or articulate as situations in your ministry come up.

 

Class Transcriptions

Lecture 1:
Theology as a Basis for Ministry

Theology is the clarification of convictions by which we engage in ministry.

Lecture 2:
Theology Combined with Ministry

During the Renaissance, some people began making a distinction between academic theology and practical theology.

Lecture 3:
Christ as a Model for Ministry

The incarnation is the prism through which we view our entire missional task.

Lecture 4:
Prophet, Priest, Sage and King

Christ embodied the OT offices of prophet, priest and king.

Lecture 5:
Identity of a Minister

Ministry is a paradox of leading by serving.

Lecture 6:
Mission of Ministry (part 1)

We need to hear what God is saying through his word and proclaim it. A ministry of grace is characterized by a heart of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Lecture 7:
Mission of Ministry (part 2)

Ministry is participation in God’s work of transforming the community of faith until it is blameless at the coming of Christ.

Lecture 8:
Context of Ministry (part 1)

There is no ministry without church and no church without ministry.

Lecture 9:
Context of Ministry (part 2)

Our ministry is to be done in the context of community. We can't avoid institutions, but we can avoid institutionalism.

Lecture 10:
Requirements for Ministry (part 1)

Each of us is called to God, then to serve the body with the gifts we receive from the Spirit. Some have a special call to leadership.

Lecture 11:
Requirements for Ministry (part 2)

Character is what validates our ministry. We earn integrity by having a rigorous devotion to the truth.

Lecture 12:
Requirements for Ministry (part 3)

Giftedness should reflect in your passion for ministry, what God is blessing in your life and what other people are affirming.

Lecture 13:
Resistance and Authority for Ministry

Our mission is to advance the kingdom of God, so we are in conflict with Satan trying to advance his kingdom. God has given us authority. We need to exercise it and stand against sin.

Lecture 14:
Emergent Church Movement

When people begin a new movement, it can create an opportunity for you to re-evaluate your theology and practice to determine if your ideas are biblical or based solely on tradition.

Lecture 15:
Assessing Ministry

It’s important to have a theological basis for evaluating the effectiveness of your ministry.

Lecture 16:
Inglorious and Glorious Aspects of Ministry

Much of the daily work of ministry involves menial and mundane tasks. The glorious side of ministry overshadows the inglorious.

Lecture 17:
Summary

It’s important for your theology to inform your ministry and for your ministry to apply your theology.