Monday, December 04, 2006

Five "C"s To The Ministry

I believe there are five "C"s to the ministry; The Community, The Crowd, The Congregation, The Committed, and The Core.

Our job is to go into the Community and invite them to be part of the Crowd on Sunday, where they can hear the Gospel and be saved, and then to baptize them into the Congregation where they can be taught to be Committed to the Lord and the things of God and the local church, then as God begins a new work in their hearts to become part of the Core that is in the Service of the King!!!!!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's neat Bro. Jim. Those are definitely some good "C" words to use.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Nicholas Cardot said...

Short and to the point. I'm gonna steal it and use it in a Sunday School lesson sometime. I hope you don't mind.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Nicholas,

Feel free to use it... are you still at Pastor Fugate's church in Lexington?

Sis. Julie,

Thanks for the stopping by....

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bro Jim I think I may use this it was very good. I have read the other posts and found some real good truth in them. I have been having trouble leaving comments on blogger.

Bro Tim

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but your "5 C's" of the ministry are exactly the same as Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Church". His book follows that outline precisely.

I'm assuming you didn't know that...

11:29 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Joe,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.... I can assure you that Julie, Nicholas, Tim, and myself believe in Bible methodology in achieving the Five C's in ministry; not the world's methododology. That thought came out of a post back in 1996-97 on the Fundamental E-mail list, one of my first encounters with the "evil" Internet. Personally, I have never read any of Warren's material; I only know what others have said about his ministry, or his personal statements via the press. I believe if you have spent anytime on my blog you can easily see that our Biblical philosophy is 180 degrees different in direction.

Thanks for keeping us on course...

6:49 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

Jim,

I know you feel you and Warren are at opposite ends of the theological spectrum, and that's a good thing.

You mention your source was a post from a '96-'97 e-mail. Warren's book was published in '95. He made those 5 C's pretty popular.

I am not accusing you of plagiarism...i'm not certain if you meant that e-mail was yours or one you read.

I'm just want to let you know that if anybody uses that outline in Sunday school or some kinda workers' meeting, that there's bound to be others who will know of it's original source

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Joe,

I do not have the source from that post; it was not my original thoughts. I do not have the header, only a hard copy of the post. As you can see from my blog, I always reference my sources and give credit where credit is due.

I feel pretty good knowing that I have stayed ignorant of Rick Warren's popular principles if it has been in print for that long. However, those five C's can be properly applied if true biblical principles are followed. There is nothing wrong with that statement, and I am sure an independent, fundamental Baptist preacher/SS teacher could use those points correctly contrasted with that of the Rick Warren style church. Again, there is a clearly defined difference between the two.

Thanks again for keeping me on course.... your words of warning have reached my ears....

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Jim,

I agree.

I do recommend you become familiar with Warren's works. His theology/methodology is a constant source of blogosphere chatter.

Ironically, though most IFB churches disdain his worship style, they have much in common with Warren's ministry philosophy.

As fundamentalists ministering in pop-culture Christianity, we will inevitably come across someone who asks, "What exactly is wrong with the 'Purpose Driven Life/Church'?"

We need to have more substantive answers than "we don't like Warren's music."

6:58 PM  

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