The “For Churches” section of JoePursch.com is formatted specifically for church leadership teams and decision makers to gain a closer understanding of my philosophies of ministry and leadership. Key questions are answered in the unfolding menu in this section, and cover many of the issues that churches typically explore when considering how I could partner with their ministry team.
Let’s begin where it all really starts, with Vision:
“Simply stated, I have a vision to see God’s church bring increasing glory to Him as it develops Biblically mature disciples; people who passionately pursue Christ honoring relationships within the Body and redemptive relationships with those who don’t yet know Christ.
My key roles of influence in helping His church accomplish this vision are as a Biblical Communicator , an Organizational Leader and a Congregational Shepherd.
As a Biblical Communicator, my energy is intently focused on the discipline of Expository Preaching, with a passion for discovering and delivering the meaning of the Bible’s passages and themes in practical ways to believers. People describe my strongest ministry as that of a Bible Teacher, focused on “Opening God’s Word and Encouraging God’s People, Verse by Verse.” My constant desire is to grow in communicating Biblical truth in an accurate, practical and compelling manner so that Christ is seen, His cross is valued and His call of discipleship is clear.
As an Organizational Leader, I enjoy working in a role as a Senior/Teaching Pastor in a team-leadership format with fellow Elders, bringing my gifts and experience to bear as a “leader of leaders” as we jointly shepherd the flock. My joy is also energized when I am able to mentor ministry staff members (especially younger, emerging leaders) into greater effectiveness with those they lead and into richer fulfillment in how they serve.
As a Congregational Shepherd, I enjoy creating broad “vision excitement” and organizational momentum, leveraging my teaching ability to draw out points of vision, direction and motivation from the Scriptures and then applying them through the preaching experience and other congregation-wide avenues of communication. But I also simply value being with people in the “life to life” settings of ministry, whether its brainstorming new ministry ideas with key leaders, praying together in a small group, or walking with someone through a crisis and looking to trace God’s loving hand in it all. To me, all of these encounters form the daily dimensions of ministry’s most gratifying experience:“Bringing the Bible to life, and to lives.”
Special Note: For a detailed description of my philosophy of Casting Vision, Developing Leaders and preparing Expository Messages please go to the Writing menu tab at the top of the homepage.