First, knowing and experiencing the character of the triune God is pivotal in order to begin comprehending His mission and calling. A.W. Tozer emphasized this point when he wrote: “That our idea of God correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him, our creedal statements are of little consequence. Our real idea of God may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is.”* While one could fill numerous pages on the person of God, in developing a theology of ministry I would like to discern and celebrate the love and unity of father, Son, and Holy Spirit that inform what the mission of God is. 1 John 4:8 states “God is love”, and Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:4-6 that “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Understanding the Trinity’s relationship of love and unity is important as we strive to model those same qualities within the ministry context we serve and live in. We must be conscious that we are conformed to God’s image, instead of conforming him to our own image.
*Tozer, A.W. , Knowledge of the Holy, (San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1961) 10.