When 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.
- We must always make sure we keep God first in ministry, not the ministry itself or the people we serve.
- Loving God the Top Priority in Your Church?
- Ministry About God, Not Us
- Need to Change Your Thinking about the Christian Life?
- Our Greatest Purpose in Life Made Clear by Jesus
- Ministry should be about loving God and others, not mere activity.
- 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.
- A Holistic Approach in Ministry
- Ministry Objective: Not Mere Knowledge
- Outcome of Strategic Planning
- Priority of the Great Commission
- We must aim for inward change, not mere external conformity.
- Churches, We Don’t Need to Compete with the World!
- Ministry Objective: Not Mere External Conformity
- Why Don’t We Get That It’s About the Heart?
- Quick Solutions or Real Change?
- Requisites for Real Change over Quick Solutions
- People should always matter more than our programs, technology, and methodology.
- Ministry Objective: Not Mere Management
- The Great Commission’s Focus is Not on Programs
- Trying to Attract People to Your Church by What You Offer?
- Trying to Make a Good Impression?
- Who is Your Church Targeting?
- 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.
- Being Versus Doing: Which is most important in ministry?
- God’s Search of Who We Are
- Ministry Expectations
- We Need More … But, More of What?
- What Really Matters in Ministry?
- Who We Are Affects How We Serve
- Why Engage in Spiritual Disciplines?
The Ministry God’s Way Discipleship Tool provides a brief explanation for each of the above objectives along with some guidelines for establishing ministry objectives. It also looks at eight other key elements to doing ministry God’s way.