Ministry Leadership is the exercise of serving and equipping people within a community in such a way that those people live for Jesus, love others: Any way of life that emulates Jesus must work itself out in the practice of loving others the way Jesus loved people. To this end, true ministry leadership teaches, models, equips and encourages the love of people in this world through an ever deepening missional approach patterned after God’s heart to enter into and save the world. Likewise, ministry leadership is practiced incarnationally through hands-on, practical care for the people of the world and for creation itself as Christ’s body on earth for the sake of others:
a. More missionally: A missional love is one that intentionally engages the world in order to love people with God’s heart. The heart of God is one that so loves the world that he would do everything necessary to save the world. It is with this passionate mission that ministry leadership urges people to enter into and save the world. It is a care for people and concern for creation.
b. And incarnationally: Ministry leadership also endorses contact with people in the world, not a disengaged separatism. Incarnation ministry is accomplished through hands-on practical care for the people of the world and for creation itself.
c. As Christ’s body: Ministry leadership is missional and incarnational precisely because God’s people are metaphorically considered corporately to be Christ’s body on earth for the sake of others.