Posted by: Justin Wallace | June 14, 2010

keep it simple. part one.

Ministry has become very complicated.

There must be a trillion books on how to do this, how to do that, how not to do this and how not to do that. There’s a how to book on everything from recruiting volunteers to the right kind of prayer.

Everyone has an opinion about how a successful ministry is planted, grown and sustained.

There’s a conference every week about how to grow your ministry and how to reach the un-reached.

Do you ever feel a little over-whelmed by it all?

Have you ever just sat at your desk and felt paralyzed by all of the suggestions?

Do you feel the unbelievable amount of pressure to produce?

I’m sure you answered all of those questions with a yes. I know I did.

That is why we gave birth to this blog series titled :: keep it simple.

I’m tired of trying to keep up. Be relevant. Be edgy. Trying to have the next great idea that will cause our ministry to explode and bring about revival on our campus.

I’m tired.

So, a couple months ago I was reading through the Gospel of Luke and came to Luke 10. Here’s what it has to say ::

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

5“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

8“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’

Jesus was the first church planter. He started the first church planting organization. This was Jesus’ first church planting group of men and women. And he gave them very simple…basic…clear…instruction.

1. Enter a House

2. Eat and drink

3. Introduce the healing power of the kingdom of God

That’s Jesus’ philosophy of ministry. That’s his church planting blueprint. That’s all he gave them…that’s all he sent them with.

I love the simplicity of it. I love that it’s all about building relationships. I love that it’s about entering people’s lives.

So, here’s a couple questions for you ::

1. Do you enter people’s homes? Do you hang out in student’s dorm rooms or apartments?

2. Do you make sure there’s plenty of time in your busy schedule for eating and drinking? Lunches. Dinners. Coffee.

3. Do you only introduce the healing power of the kingdom of God from a stage or do you introduce it while you’re in the midst of their lives?

To many times we try to get people to come to us. Jesus’ simple philosophy was GO TO THEM. Live life with them. Eat and drink with them. And while you’re in those places…introduce the healing power of the kingdom of God.

Is that too simple for you?

Most of the time it’s too simple for me and I do my best to complicate things.

Is there anything you need to cut out, let go off, move out of the way so that you can do ministry the way Jesus intended?

As you begin to plan for the fall I challenge you to…keep it simple.



  1. […] *This is part two in a series of blog posts titled keep it simple. You can also read part one here. Part two is written by Joe Blanchard, Campus Minister at Campus Christian Fellowship at North […]

  2. […] the other posts from the series :: (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part […]

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