Missio Dei (post 3)

Looking through the lens of salvation history (Heilsgeschichte) of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation when developing a theology of ministry can be helpful to see a biblical development of ministry principles and practices.
“In the beginning God”, what a powerful phrase in Genesis 1:1 for the Holy Spirit to choose to begin the inspired, written word of God; to show that before any creation, God was. The narrative continues by telling of all the geographical, astronomical, and biological parts of a supernatural God’s spoken creation. The authority the word of God had in creating the universe, the authority which Jesus spoke with in the incarnation, and the authority of the Holy Spirit’s wind, that brought tongues of fire upon Jesus’ followers at Pentecost, that birthed the church, is done in relationship within the godhead and for the benefit of humanity.
The practical application of creation for ministry is to develop a Trinitarian model of authority structures, relationships, and creativity. “Throughout Scripture we see a clear movement of authority within the Godhead: the Father sends the Son, the Father and the Son send the Spirit, the Son sends us, empowered by the Holy Spirit.”* This is not to suggest subordination, but that there are clearly defined roles for each member of the Trinity. What I am suggesting is that in our ministry organizations there should be clearly defined roles for official leadership positions, and that no position receives honorary mention without giving gratitude to the ministry team as a whole. This gratitude will not come naturally; it will come through the proximity of our lives together and “bearing each other’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) that develop deep, meaningful, and accountable relationships. I believe creativity is an aspect of being made in God’s image. Whether that creativity comes in the form of developing new systematic approaches in science and technology, on a canvas with paint, or on paper with ink, all people are able to create. As we are in the world but not of it, we must release this God-given ability to be creative and innovative in order to praise God and give him glory for the sanctified imagination we have through him to help people experience him through diverse venues such as technology and the arts.
*Perry W.H. Shaw, “Vulnerable Authority: A Theological Approach to Leadership and Teamwork,” Christian Education Journal Series 3 Volume 3 No. 1(2006): 120.


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