I’m going to take the next few posts to explain my theology of ministry. The main concept is this: Ministry is best done toward a community, through community, and in community. In this first post, I’ll approach the idea of doing ministry toward a community.
So many churches strive to reach their community, but they never identify what their target is. The popular saying reminds us that ‘if you don’t target anything, you won’t every hit anything.” The same is true in the church. If a church is to be effective in ministering and reaching a community, they must first identify why God has called them to that community and who are they called to reach. A church (especially a smaller church) cannot reach everyone all at once. Some churches will target young families, young adults, the unchurched, the de-churched, or another segment. Regardless of what your target is, how you do ministry will be shaped around what your target is, but I’ll have more on that in my next post.
Have you identified your church’s target?