Using the model that Jada Edwards presented us with to determine functionality and gifting, it was easy to confirm the ministry that the Lord had used me in over the past 30 years. If one subscribes to the validity of the 5 fold ministry Ephesians 4:11New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers then I function in the office of a Prophet with the following gifts, Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, Discerning of Spirits and the Gift of Faith. One must also scrutinize the talents that the Lord may have given you. Namely, Worship Leader (Guitar, Keyboard), Engineering (Civil, Computer), Entrepreneurial (Business Development). Then one must take into account Ministry Evangelical Outreach (Music and Preaching), Teaching Ministry (Dean of Bible School), and Business experience. Entrepreneur (Multiple Businesses), Computer Consulting, Real Estate (Investor, Agent), Substitute Teacher (Physic, Science, Computers, Geography, English Second Language).
As can be seen from the above information, I function primarily as a Hunter. (Pioneer) The Lord has used me in dangerous situations (Soweto South Africa) to Evangelize, Help Plant Churches (The Carpenter Workshop), Equip the Saints (Malvern Revival Center), or become a resource for fledgling ministries.
There are seasons where I find myself making tents like Paul. During these times I am able to draw upon Personal Ministry Experience and Accumulated Knowledge to Teach, Develop and Mentor the saints for the work of the ministry.
Both the Hunter and the Farmer show up in Ministry and Business. The Bible would call this Kings and Priests in the Market Place. Revelation 1:5-6 To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. If this was not driven by the leading of the Holy Spirit you might draw the wrong conclusion and say I was a Jack of all Trades and a Master of none.
There is a direct correlation between how I function in Business and Ministry. I submit both entities to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and require the Leading of the Holy Spirit before I will make a move. This requires much Fasting and Prayer from time to time.
HOW CAN THE LORD USE ME TO IMPACT THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND ME?
Church Planting and Evangelism are the same as Startup Businesses and Marketing. They utilize the same skill sets. Equipping the Saints who are called to ministry (Teaching Tools for Ministry) for Ministry is the same as Educating Students for the real world. (Substitute Teacher at Bethany Christian School) Discipleship to mature flock (Topical study relevant to growth in Christ) Timothy 2:2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
I am driven to win the lost for Christ which is why Hunting is my primary role. However; I also see the need to impart knowledge to the next generation to carry on the work that has been started.
DISCLAIMER: There were mitigating circumstances why I did not wholeheartedly jump at the opportunity of helping Matt in Lewisville.
3 Areas to represent:
Church Planting / Evangelism (Local Crusades)
Teaching / Mentoring / Equipping the Saints (Spiritual Leadership)
Technical Knowledge / Distance Learning
Areas weak but working on them: (Hence Leadership College)
Leading with respect to Administration
Team Building (just have not had the opportunity. Always been self employed.)
My life seems to work in 20 year cycles. I am currently waiting on the Lord to reveal his vision for the next 20 years. I am task driven and never hesitate to fill a need.
Our project for Leadership School highlights an area that has not yet been fully developed, Discipleship. As section leaders one of the areas proposed was to implement regular classes for those members of the section who are willing to grow in their knowledge of the Lord through Discipleship. Because of the abundance of material and experience that I have been privileged to receive and develop, I believe this would an area of ministry that I could excel in. As the Church continues to mature and their area of influence continues to expand the primary focus of ministry that the Lord has blessed me with could be realized. (Church planting and Evangelism).
As a man under Authority I realize that while I am accountable to the Leadership of One Community Church, I am available to do whatever task is at hand. I am not seeking power or position. I am only making myself available as a Servant Leader.
HOSEA 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge
Preaching is not enough. It does not fulfill the need. People want to be engaged in topical studies that they choose to subscribe to in a structured environment. Just like going to University to study for the career that they are seeking. 2 Timothy 2:15 5 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.