“Ministry” is a word widely used and broadly defined. In a large, global organization like Samaritan’s Purse (SP), outlining one clear ministry strategy enables the global team to pursue the same goals using the same methods.
Two Ministry Strategists serve SP field offices with training, advice and encouragement on how to incorporate ministry into their relief and development work.
Together, they developed a Ministry Strategy Guide to explain how “ministry” applies to SP, equipping the field offices and partners with tools to design effective ministry strategies that can be incorporated into their programs, and to ensure that all SP-funded ministry initiatives contribute to the organization’s mission.
“We can speak of a culture as Christian only when
the gospel has penetrated into the personal
and social sub-consciousness of a people, so that
it influences human behavior instinctively.”
(Shenk, W.R., International Bulletin of Missionary Research, January 1994:8. Found on p. 8 of SP’s Ministry Strategy Guide)
“We incorporate much of DNA’s teaching and resources,” says Laurent, who uses the guide to train projects and ministry staff in a one-day workshop, then follows up with advice as the staff develop their programs.
Laurent, originally from France, is enthused about Coram Deo, the DNA’s free online learning program, and would like to see it translated for use in his native country and other French-speaking regions. He recently became certified to teach the Basics course and plans to offer it to some of the SP staff.
“I want to take what I have received from God through DNA and make it available to others,” Laurent says. “Now that I am certified, I’m praying for opportunities to teach Coram Deo.”
We thank God for Laurent, Daniel and the SP staff who seek to constantly improve their work and more closely align with God’s intentions. If you’d like to incorporate DNA teachings and resources into your work or organization, please contact us!