Ministry Mind Shifts

I’ve already recommended The Trellis and the Vine heartily. It’s actually so good, I’m reading through it again, taking notes this time. Here are 11 Ministry Mind-Shifts that the book argues we need to make along with a selection of quotations.

We must shift:
1. From Running Programs to Building People.
2. From Running Events to Training People.
3. From Using People to Growing People.

“Service flows from Christian growth and not growth from service” (20).

4. From Filling Gaps to Training New Workers
5. From Solving Problems to Helping People Make Progress

“If you are mostly reacting to people’s problems, you won’t have the energy to put into proactive training and growing new works” (22).

6. From Clinging to Ordained Ministry to Developing Team Leadership
7. From Focusing on Church Polity to Forging Ministry Partnerships
8. From Relying on Training Institutions to Establishing Local Training
9. From Focusing on Immediate Pressures to Aiming for Long Term Expansion

“We are easily consumed by keeping ministry programs running. The urgent crowds out the important, and everyone thinks that their agenda should be dealt with first” (25).

10. From Engaging in Management to Engaging in Ministry
11. From Seeking Church Growth to Desiring Gospel Growth

“We must be exporters of trained people instead of hoarders of trained people” (25).


2 thoughts on “Ministry Mind Shifts

  1. “Service flows from Christian growth and not growth from service” (20).

    4. From Filling Gaps to Training New Workers

    This is something I have really been trying to rethink through. Most churches don't seem to have the older Protestant Work ethic. I don;t mean that people don't work hard. I think the old “ethic” includes a proper understanding of being a Christian in our secular vocations.

    For instance, what is the church's role in Haiti? Do Christians need to go to Haiti as churches, or can they go there in their secular callings as Christians who work hard? Is there a way in which work may be done in the name of the Lord without burning people out and making certain everyone has their own ministry?

    Do I need this book? 😉


  2. Everyone should read this book…yes. Will it satisfactorily answer your question…I don't know. It's designed mostly to shift the paradigm of contemporary evangelical ministry mind-sets. That is to say, shifting from a focus on programs, managed be an elite few to a focus on training people to do ministry in the church, in their community and around the world as God gifts them.

    But, yes, I recommend reading it. 🙂


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