Philosophy of Ministry

Enthusiasm for the Role of the Chaplain

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO (Read Part 1) One of the reasons that I am currently ministering in Taos, N.M., is that I do not desire to be the CEO of a church, managing many different ministries and committees. The way to keep a pastor from becoming a CEO is to allow parachurch organizations to do ministry. They can do that ministry, and do it well! And those ministries will not have to be overseen or funded by the local [...]

Encouragement for the Work of the Chaplain

By RANDY WHITE, D.Min. Founder and CEO As we approach Memorial Day, it is especially appropriate that we take some time to remember the work done by Bible-believing chaplains. There are many wonderful military chaplains, and we celebrate their work especially at this season, but there are also many other types of chaplains who perform such a vital service in our communities. I would like to say a word to those who are engaged in this ministry. I want to give just a [...]

We Must Hold to Biblical Traditions Faithfully—Not Abandon Them Flippantly

(Read Part 4) So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. (2 Thess. 2:15) In this series, we are dealing with the concept of ministry philosophy—addressing a paradigm shift that is taking place in many churches. It includes a variety of issues which all churches, of all sizes and shapes and stripes, are currently facing. Many times today we are differing with other believers, not so much on [...]

We Must Teach the Old Testament Systematically—Not Superficially

(Read Part 3) In this ongoing series on developing a Biblical philosophy of ministry, we are dealing with some hot contemporary issues. Order Dr. Andy Woods' new book, "The Middle East Meltdown." What you will discover is that there is a lot of disagreement in churches today—not so much over their doctrinal statements. The disagreement is over how they have decided to do ministry—ministry practicum or a philosophy of ministry. This is important and significant to me because issues nearly identical [...]

We Must Teach the Entirety of Scripture—Not Merely the New Testament

(Read Part 2) Many new ideas are being touted today in terms of changing the direction of churches. We need to become educated on the mood of the body of Christ, and how new ideas are percolating. In this series, we are taking an in-depth look at nine troubling ideas that keep resurfacing in the area of philosophy of ministry. If you have not yet faced these issues in your local Bible-believing church, be assured that you will be facing them soon. They are [...]

We Must Emphasize Prophecy—to the Extent that Scripture Emphasizes It

(Read Part 1) We continue our discussion about ministry philosophy and the temptation to compromise with regard to it. I want to challenge pastors and spiritual leaders to think deeply about these issues—and not go down that road of compromise. Last time we began looking at nine troubling ideas in this regard. The first of those was: There is a tendency to reach the youth at the expense of the truth. We often hear the plea to tone down truth because of [...]

We Must Reach the Youth—with the Truth

The issue that we are going to be dealing with in this series of articles is a philosophy of ministry issue. As we develop a philosophy of ministry, we must realize that it will impact all that we do in our ministries. And when we seek to implement a Biblical philosophy of ministry, we will quickly perceive that there are voices in the church which propose concepts that actually lead us away from Biblical truth. Certainly, this is a hot-button issue within the body of Christ today. What [...]