5 Essentials for Effective Ministry in Any (Especially Difficult) Locations

LifeWay Pastors | 6/8/2018 | Chris Hefner
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Debauchery, perversity, promiscuity, prostitution—Corinth was a place filled with wealth, luxury, depravity, idolatry and wickedness. Aphrodite’s temple, which overlooked the city, had nearly 1,000 temple prostitutes who plied their trade with sailors and other commercial travelers. Corinth was not an easy place to minister. Yet Paul deeply loved this church. He spent 18 months there, wrote at least two letters to them and likely visited them more than once.

Paul’s ministry at Corinth, highlighted in Acts 18 and further described in his letters to the church relate a church full of theological tension and moral quandary. It is likely that we have not served in a city as vile or even a church as morally and theologically contentious as Corinth. Nevertheless if we are to be effective in serving where God has placed us, we need the same essentials Paul experienced during his ministry in Corinth. Dr. Luke’s account of Paul’s Corinthian ministry is found in Acts 18.

Encouragement - Team

1. We need the encouragement of a team.

When Paul arrived in Corinth, he was by himself. But it wasn’t long before Paul met Priscilla and Aquila or before Timothy and Silas joined him. In fact, Paul is rarely alone in the book of Acts. He is always serving with someone else. Effective long-term ministry requires the encouragement of a team. That could be staff, key lay leaders or ministry friends. But we need others to share the burden and hold us accountable. Being alone and unaccountable in ministry is a recipe for ministry or personal failure.

Share - Gospel - Message

2. We need to share the gospel message clearly.

Paul’s ministry strategy led him to the synagogues first and then to the marketplaces preaching Jesus as the Messiah. It is likely that Paul adapted his messages to his location, but the content of his preaching never changed, “For I decided...
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