Spiritual Gift of New Ministry Development
A Spiritual Gift Definition by AssessME.org
The spiritual gift of New Ministry Development is an entrepreneurial gift that enables people to develop new ministries, churches or mission fields. New Ministry Developers are risk-takers for the Kingdom of God. They always seek new territories in which to start outreach ministries and are on the fore-front of new ministry development within the established local church. This spiritual gift inspires the Christ Follower to be dissatisfied with the status quo within their church. They consistently seek a new and better way to accomplish the work of the Great Commission and Discipleship.
The Apostle Paul was called by God to be a New Ministry Developer. He describes his ministry role in 1 Corinthians 3:10…”By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds”. In Romans 15:20 Paul asserts: “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation”.
Depending upon your personality style, you may prefer one of the following applications of your gift of New Ministry Developer. Please select all gift expressions that may apply.
A Church Planter seeks to develop new outreach church ministries in regions where such a ministry is lacking. Church Planters are typically sensitive to regional demographics, growth trends and church-per-capita statistics. They are passionate about evangelism and reaching the un-reached by extending ministry into new territories.If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
Cross-Cultural Missions does not necessarily infer over-sees ministry, although this is the classic ministry role. In today’s cultural melting-pot, Cross-Cultural Missions may mean extending an outreach ministry to a different community across town. Cross Cultural Missionaries are sensitive to cultural distinctives as well as the value of cultural diversity. They are typically passionate about living-out the ministry ideal of the “the unity of the body of Christ”. Cross Cultural Missionaries are also typically passionate about the work of Evangelism. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
New Campus Ministries
There is always room for new campus-based ministries within an established church. People called and equipped by God to develop new campus-based ministries tend to be sensitive to groups of people who are “slipping through the cracks” of the ministry, as well as those to whom the ministry is not yet properly positioned to minister. New Campus Ministry Developers typically desire to take their local church to the “next level” in its ministry development. They are dissatisfied with the status quo. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
New Community Impact Ministries
New Community Impact Ministry developers are typically passionate about social justice and social impact within their community, in the name of Christ. City missions, food pantries, and shelters are classic examples of Community Impact Ministries. Contemporary examples include Computer Training Centers, Vocational Training, Random acts of Kindness, after school Care Centers, etc. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.
New e-Church Ministries
E-Church ministry is still a new and developing ministry medium. Attempting to define e-Church ministry is difficult at best. However, proponents of e-Church ministry tend to value freedom of expression and safe spiritual exploration. They tend to be passionate about the work of evangelism as well as mentoring people in their spiritual formation journey. They also tend to value cultural diversity. Proponents of e-Church ministry are also technically astute. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.