1. OUR STARTING POINT IS GOD
"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow." -1 Corinthians 3:6
2. OUR GUIDE FOR MINISTRY IS THE BIBLE
" For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways," declared the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." -Isaiah 55:8-11
3. OUR FOCUS FOR MINISTRY IS PEOPLE
"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." -1 Thessalonians 2:8
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16
4. OUR GOAL FOR MINISTRY IS THAT EVERYONE BE A GROWING CHRISTIAN
"We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." -Colossians 1:28-29
5. OUR SETTING FOR MINISTRY IS THE CHURCH AS "THE BODY"
"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously, if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
6. OUR PROCESS FOR MINISTRY IS SPIRITUAL REPRODUCTION
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be qualified to teach others." -2 Timothy 2:2