“Why Redundant Ministries Can Harm Our Mission” – Kyle Ferguson

September 8, 2013

Good afternoon. I saw this post on The Gospel Coalition’s site today and it spoke to a concern I have personally about ministries and non-profits. First a quote from the article to set the stage:

“I recently had a similar experience while passing through the exhibition hall at a Christian conference, . . . I passed several displays of ministries attempting to raise financial and spiritual support for nearly identical endeavors: seminaries with similar theological commitments competing for the same students, missions organizations with parallel philosophies promoting similar projects to the same pool of potential participants, campus ministries with comparable mission statements and methodologies contending over the same body of students.

Such redundancy spreads thin the already limited resources available to Christian ministries and splinters members of the body of Christ that could accomplish more for the kingdom of God if they simply worked together. But this redundancy might be avoided if those starting new ministries would simply ask three key questions before they begin.”

Why do we, as Christians, continue to do this? Not only are we too often setting up redundant ministries, we often are actively competing with each other. I see this in the secular non-profit world as well. Somehow, it seems we think our particular twist or approach is somehow better or more “pure” than the others. Additionally, I have seen people not willing to work together because of some difference on esoteric point(s) of doctrine. That often smacks of pride to me or narcissism as pointed out in Pastor Ferguson’s article.

So here are Pastor Ferguson’s three questions that need to be asked:

1. Is this ministry even needed?

2. Is this ministry niche restrictive?

3. Is this ministry narcissistic?

So – are we, as Christians and organizational leaders, more interested in impacting the world for Christ or are we more interested in “doing our own thing”? Finally, Pastor Ferguson’s closing paragraph:

“As many ministry leaders across the globe realize, if they will examine their motives and mission fields, partnerships can abound, redundancies can be reduced, resources can be shared, and the kingdom of God can expand to the ends of the earth.”

I hope you have a blessed week!
BG