Philosophy of Ministry
Rev. Bob Paquet PhD
It is my conviction that
the ministry of the local church is to be a
balanced ministry: It is important that we realize that Christ did not
come to start a denominational or non-denominational "church". His
desire was that men follow Him. As a Pastor, called by the Lord Jesus
Christ, my primary calling is to train, equip and release the saints
for the work of the ministry and to encourage, as the Holy Spirit
leads, Unity without compromise in the universal Body of Christ. As we
used to say at Full Gospel Business Meetings, "I don't care what church
you belong to just as long as for Jesus you stand."
APPROACH TO MINISTRY
Ministering to every facet
of the individual - spiritual, emotional
and physical with an emphasis on the spiritual.
Ministering in such a way
as to neither stress any one major doctrine
of the church over another nor diminish the importance of any of them.
Ministering without partiality to all who seek to know Christ - for all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Ministering in such a way
as to fulfill all aspects of the mission of
to be an agency of God for the evangelizing of the world .
to be a corporate body in
which man may worship God
to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His son.
Matthew 28:18-20 : Then
Jesus came to them and said, "All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to
the very end of the age."
Acts 1:8 : But you will
receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on
you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Ephesians 4:11-13 : It was
he who gave some to be apostles, some to
be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and
teachers, 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the
body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith
and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to
the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
The primary purpose of the pastor is summarized in
"to prepare God's people for works of service".
THE PASTOR'S GOAL
The primary goal of the pastor is summarized in
Ephesians 4: 12b-13,
"so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity
in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,
attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
THE PASTOR'S TASK
The immediate task of the pastor is to train, teach,
encourage the members of the local body to fulfill the duties necessary
for the reaching of these goals. He is to raise up leadership and
workers who can perform the work of the ministry.
HOW THE PASTOR IS TO PERFORM HIS TASK
Through the ministries of
prayer, teaching and preaching. Acts 6:2-4
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would
not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order
to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are
known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this
responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and
the ministry of the word."
Through the development of
close relationships with God's people.
Through visitation, counseling, and one-on-one discipleship the pastor
must exemplify the love by which the disciples of Christ are to be
known. It is the pastor's responsibility to know and care for those
whom God has placed in his care. John 13:35: By this all men will know
that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
By providing opportunities
of service to those in the local church
so they may serve in areas that coincide with the spiritual gifts with
which God has blessed them - that they may glorify God and edify the
Body of Christ. 1Cor. 12:4-7: There are different kinds of gifts, but
the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same
Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works
all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the
Spirit is given for the common good.
Through the oversight of
the general functioning of the local church
- administering with care and with the help of those whom God calls to
leadership in that church. The pastor is to make sure that the church
has a vision, is accomplishing its purpose and is moving towards its
Eph. 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to
do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
"Don't just sit there - do something!"
SERVANT PROFILE OF REV. ROBERT J. PAQUET, PH.D.
Shepherd, Faith, Mercy, Teaching, Exhortation, Encouragement,
Hurting people , the Elderly
People oriented - structured or unstructured