Bible Verses for Ministry Alignment

Bible Verses for Ministry Alignment

When talking about ministry alignment we must not only focus on aligning our actions with God but also our thoughts and hearts with His. When we do, we’ll have more of a tendency of aligning with one another in our ministries.

What better place to learn about aligning than from God’s Word! Therein we learn about His character and ways.

Bible Verses Setting the Precedence for Ministry Alignment

Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. (Ps. 25:4)

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Ps. 139:23-24)

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The LORD works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Prov. 16:3-4)

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Rom. 8:29)

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:22-23)

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Eph. 5:15-17)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus … (Phil. 2:5)

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Col. 1:18-20)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col. 3:17)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:23-24)

… it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Phil. 2:13)

Bible Verses Pointing to Why We Need to Align Ministry with God’s Character & Ways

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. (Ps. 145:17)

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. (Prov. 21:2)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:8-9)

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. (Hos. 14:9)

Bible Verses Providing Help on the ‘How To’ of Aligning with God in our Ministries

Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. (Ps. 25:12)

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. (Ps. 119:59)

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Ps. 119:105)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5-6)

This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt. 6:9-10)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12:2)

For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. (1 Cor. 2:11-12)

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5)

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:15-18)

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)

Ministry Objectives

Ministry Commandments Aimed at What Matters Most to God, the Greatest CommandmentsWhen talking about ministry objectives we must consider what matters most to God. While we find many of His priorities throughout Scripture that we can turn into objectives, we’ll concentrate on that which Jesus identified as the Greatest Commandments since He said, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:40).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt. 22:37-39)

Ministry Objectives That  Aim at What Matters Most to God

If we break down Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-39, we can pull out these six objectives for ministry so we aim at what matters most to God.

  1. We must always make sure we keep God first in ministry, not the ministry itself or the people we serve.

It is the Lord we are to love with all of who we are. If we aren’t careful, though, we can get so busy doing all the right things but lose that first love. We can become people-pleasers, yielding to what they want ahead of God’s desires. Putting anything above God, including ministry, becomes idolatry.

  1. Ministry should be about loving God and others, not mere activity.

As we read in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, all of our activities, no matter how good they may seem, mean little and gain nothing without love.

  1. Our objective for ourselves and for those we serve should be that we become more fully devoted followers of Jesus who love God with ALL of who we are.

Our discipleship efforts, consequently, must go beyond mere outreach to shepherding those who put their trust in Him to “obey everything I (Jesus) have commanded you” (Matt. 28:18-20), the Greatest Commandment being to love God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

  1. We must aim for inward change, not mere external conformity.

So often ministry targets what people do, external conformity, over internal transformation, probably because it’s easier to measure. However, the qualifications Jesus put on how we are to love God include not just what we do (strength) but also our heart (what’s inside like motives, attitudes), soul (who we are, our psyche, such as our character), and mind (how we think which includes our worldview or philosophy of life and belief systems). The Gospel of Matthew doesn’t even include the word “strength” (ischys in the Greek) as Mark and Luke do.

  1. People should always matter more than our programs, technology, and methodology.

Love for God spills over into love for people. Jesus prioritized loving people as the second greatest commandment, next to loving Him. Consequently, programs, technology, and methodology must always be seen as tools, not as the end. When it’s about loving people, we no longer do what we do to impress people but to build them up. When it’s about loving God and people, we no longer need it to be about our agenda or who is right and wrong but rather, being one in our Lord.

  1. To be the servants God wants us to be, we must also guard our own hearts and nurture that love for God and people within ourselves.

When Jesus said to love our neighbor, He added “as yourself” requiring that ministry must include our own soul-care. Even Jesus went apart to spend time alone with the Father. What happens in our own hearts is a key element in serving (Deut. 6:7-9). We cannot neglect ourselves and expect to have effective ministry.

Ministry Alignment

Ministry Alignment

To do ministry God’s way, we need to align with the right standard. That to which we align will determine what we emphasize as well as the processes we use. For example, . . .

We can align with the ways of the world.

When we do, we will likely take a business-like approach, emphasizing that which is pragmatic and of personal benefit. Processes will likely be filled with politics and a heavy emphasis on external results like numbers, size of buildings, etc.

We can align with tradition, the way our Church has always operated.

When we do, we will likely be stuck in status quo, emphasizing conformity. Processes will likely become mechanical and lifeless, perhaps legalistic and useless.

Or, we can align with God, His character and ways.

When we do, we will find ourselves emphasizing what happens from the inside out as God concerns Himself with the heart — attitudes, motivations, and the like (1 Sam. 16:7; Prov. 4:23). Our processes will be filled with integrity, aiming toward the fulfillment of purposes and priorities higher than our human endeavors (Isa. 55:9), making an eternal difference, not just affecting the here and now.

Alignment with anything or anyone other than God leaves us with purposes and priorities that fall short and processes that end up flawed. Only alignment with God provides us with a perfect standard, one that’s always true, always dependable, always best.

Requisites for Ministry Alignment with God’s Character & Ways

When we align ministry with God’s character and ways, we must do the following:

  1. We must keep the Bible central, as the grid through which we make decisions, because the Bible is that which teaches us about God and His ways. If we don’t have absolute truth, we will fashion our own God to conform to our ways rather than us following HIS ways.
  1. We must intentionally keep learning more and more about God so we grow to trust Him more. If we don’t fully trust God, it’s not going to be easy to align with Him at every turn.
  1. We must concern ourselves with His design and purposes for the Church. If we don’t follow His blueprint and agenda, it’s going to be difficult to know what our priorities should be in ministry and we may find ourselves floundering.
  1. We must disavow any practices, processes, or methodology, that in any way contradicts God’s character. If we allow such inconsistencies or incongruities, it’s not long before ministry is about us and our agenda, and looks no different than what we find in the world.

Results of Ministry Alignment with God’s Character & Ways

When we align ministry with God, our perspective changes and we’re able to persevere. Ministry is something beyond us, something much higher and nobler than the human mind can conceive and human efforts can achieve.

  1. We become faithful stewards, accountable first and foremost to God.
  1. We become bearers of the fruit of righteousness, love, and all that’s good, becoming Christ-like servants, pointing others to our Great and Awesome God.
  1. We become confident and full of hope in ministry knowing we have a sure and steady foundation.

Also Read: Bible Verses for Ministry Alignment

Realistic Expectations in Ministry

We tend to go into ministry with expectations but are they realistic expectations? Jesus sought to help His disciples gain the right perspective. He told them of pending trouble as they served Him and then said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).

Ministry will not be problem-free. If we set our expectations too high, expecting that everything will run smoothly and that everyone will accept and agree with us, then we are in for some surprises that might disillusion or discourage us, even cause us to quit.

Ministry will not be filled with nothing but insurmountable problems. Going into ministry with too low of expectations can lead to half-hearted efforts.

Ministry will have both ups and downs but we can make it through and even thrive regardless of the circumstances. Such realistic expectations are based on two words Jesus spoke in John 16:33 — “in me” — because He is the Overcomer!

Why Maintaining Realistic Expectations is Important:

  • Realistic expectations are essential to our peace.
  • Realistic expectations are essential to wading through troubles that can come in ministry.
  • Realistic expectations have effects on our level of commitment
  • Realistic expectations have effects on how we view and treat those we serve.

If we maintain realistic expectations, we will be able to diligently serve even with joy in our hearts regardless of the circumstances.

Realistic Expectations are Not an Excuse for Lack of Faith:

Jesus is the one who suggested that we have realistic expectations when He said, “In this world you will have trouble.”  We cannot, however, stop there because Jesus continued, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” With God all things are possible.

Christ-like Communication: Applicational

Christ-like Communication is ApplicationalJesus wanted His words to affect people. Read through the Gospels and you will find the following aspects of Christ-like communication:

authoritative
awareness
available
approachable
attentive
authentic
adaptable
applicational

Jesus didn’t want people to merely know truth but to live it. Consequently . . .

He moved beyond theory to relating what He said to their every day lives.

Think of how He used objects and terminology familiar to people’s lives to get His points across to help them understand the implications for life.  (farming, fishing, sheep, etc.)

He took people beyond the familiar to higher levels.

Rather than simply rehearse the commandments with them, He helped them understand the ramifications of lust to adultery, anger to murder, etc.  He made the familiar commandments seem more real to their lives.  They might not murder someone but they could easily get angry.  (Matt. 5:20-29)

He went beyond seeking verbal commitments or good intentions to steps people could take immediately.

When Jesus asked people to follow Him, He expected them to immediately leave what they were doing.  He questioned the intentions of people who wanted to turn back for some reason and do something else first.  (Matt. 4:19-20; Lk. 9:57-62)

Obviously Jesus didn’t just like to hear Himself speak when He communicated with others.  He wanted to see changed lives.  He wanted to build up the lives of those with whom he spoke.

Implications for Us in Ministry:

Guard against “Christianese” language. Speak in terms and with illustrations people can relate to so there will be more likelihood of them understanding.  People usually do not act on what they do not understand.

Get beyond the particulars to the broader principles of specific truths. People won’t tend to act on something they do not feel relates to them.

Be practical in helping people understand what they can do to line up with God and His Word. People will be more likely to apply truth to life when they have a plan.

Think through the implications of this for the teaching-learning process. Bible teachers can get help through the Application: It’s God’s Idea, Not Merely a Good Idea Worksheet.

What Really Matters in Ministry?

What really matters in ministry? —

  • Having smooth-running programs and classes?
  • Doing things right, doing them well?
  • Keeping people interested and coming back?

Good management is important.  That is why you will find leadership training on the MinTools.com site.  That is why you will find classroom discipline resources for effectively managing the classroom.

Good methodology is important.  That is why you will find a different teaching method each month on the MinTools.com site.  That is why you will find an article dealing with methodology in ministry.

In God’s economy, however, “being” who you should be is more important than doing.  That is why you find a new Be-Attitude on the MinTools.com each month, as well as articles stressing leader qualities on the TrainChurchLeaders.com site.

When you are who you should be, you will be a blessing to others.  Who you are can be a greater blessing than what you do.  As you become more and more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, others will be encouraged in their walk.  That is the greatest benefit anyone can receive from you.  Proverbs 10:7 says that even “the memory of the righteous will be a blessing.”

Further, when we the church are who we should be, others who do not know the Lord will notice and be drawn to Him.  The early church devoted themselves to what was important and “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”  (Acts 2:42-47).

What really matters in ministry? —

  • Being who God wants us to be!
  • Lining up with Him and His ways!
  • Reflecting Jesus in all we say and do!

Be who you should be and you will tend to do what you should do!