Purpose is why a ministry exists.
Some may call this mission and vision. I like purpose for small ventures.
The purpose of a ministry comes down to changing lives.
What does Jesus suggest as the purpose of a ministry?
First is that Jesus has been given all authority. so we need to follow what He says.
He tells us to make disciples everywhere by preaching the Gospel, to baptize them and to teach them what it means to love Him – follow His commandments.
He tells us to make sure people know the impact of the decision to follow Him or not follow Him – saved or condemned.
He tells us we are to witness, even be a martyr, to people in our local area, to those in our country and elsewhere in the world. This applies to everyone – no playing favorites. And not to worry because He is always with us. See Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 1:8.
Jesus tells us that anyone who wants be a follower must turn away from our selfish ways and take up our cross daily. This is for anyone – no exceptions. This means that what Jesus wants is more important than anything we want. This means on a daily basis – not once a lifetime or once a year – we have to be willing to give everything when he asks. See Luke 9:23.
On top of this He tells us to help the disadvantaged: the poor, the persecuted, the sick, the prisoners, the oppressed. See Isaiah 58: 6-10, Luke 4:18, Matthew 25:34-36.
These are our instructions. It is here that we find the meaning of our purpose – for ourselves and for our ministry.
The challenge is we can’t pick just one. We have to work on all there in some manner.
How would you approach your biblical imperative?
How would you describe it?