Ministry Outside The Church Office
It is helpful for pastors and Church leaders to be outside the office for three reasons:
- Provides the opportunity to build relationships
- Provides the opportunity to hold conversations
- Provides the opportunity to share the Gospel
1. Build Relationships
When a pastor or Church leader finds them working outside the office, maybe at a local coffee shop for example (because that’s where I’m typing this right now), they will have the opportunity to build relationships with people in their community that may never darken the doorsteps of their Church.
If they find a place where there are regulars (coffee shops, gyms, restaurants), they’ll find opportunities to meet people, even the employees, and are able to get to know who they are, and what they are going through. Opportunities are available for pastors and Church leaders to minister to their community if they just take the opportunity to build the relationships which will then lead to the next opportunity.
2. Hold Conversations
As relationships become built, conversations begin to be held. People talk about politics, religion, movies, TV, the Olympics. What pastors and Church leaders will quickly find out is that lost, unchurched, and de-churched people talk differently than Churched people. They will find conversations are different, views are different, and language is different.
This provides the opportunity to learn how lost, unchurched, and de-churched people talk as well. Pastors and Church leaders need to know how to hold conversations with people who don’t go to Church. This is how evangelism is brought to this generation, which leads to the next opportunity.
3. Share The Gospel
Pastors and Church leaders need to know how to share the Gospel, not just to Churched people, but lost, unchurched, and de-churched people. Within these conversations, doors will open for the Gospel to be presented. It must be done in a grace-filled way, though. Lost and unchurched people will already have their assumptions, and the de-churched may be turned off by it, but it still brings the opportunities.
There are times that are necessary for a pastor or Church leaders to be in the Church office, but if they don’t ever find their way outside the office, they will miss out on the many opportunities available to minister to their community. Once the leaders of the Church take part, the Church itself should follow suit.