Nov 24

Coffee Ministry

Sometimes when churches put a lot of time and effort into committee meetings, programs and activities, its focus can be taken away from personal Christian ministry led by the Holy Spirit. Churches tend to put more emphasis on its structures and mass events because relational ministry is more personal, needs more prayer and trust in God when sharing His Word. Most of us would prefer to perform duties at church rather than sharing the gospel with our neighbour. We try to justify this by saying we’re too busy with our responsibilities at church. The truth is, performing church duties is more comfortable and neat. High attendance to church events is more impressive, visible and measurable. We want to be able to say we’ve achieved something by having a lot of programs where people come to church; but how much spiritual growth is actually happening and how many more are hearing the gospel?

At times we may believe that if our praise and worship can be more touching or sermons can be more engaging or welcomers can be friendlier; non-Christians will come and immediately be converted. We think of the church as a factory for making Christians. If we have ever wondered why we invite non-Christian friends to church and they don’t come back or they say it’s not their thing, should we really be surprised? They’re non-Christians. As a church we are of group of Christians that do a lot of Christian things. Yet we expect strangers to come into the church and ask them to fit into our church meetings on our own terms. Of course they would feel uncomfortable in a church environment. Perhaps that means that the work of sharing God’s Word and love starts outside the church, not just inside. If we expect to bring our non-Christian friends and family to church and let the church do all that ministry work for us, maybe we’re just trying to palm off the responsibility.

Once people have developed a relationship with God, they will naturally want to join a fellowship with the family of God to learn and grow. That’s why we need church gatherings. The people in our lives that don’t know Jesus shouldn’t have to get an admission to church to hear about the gospel. We should be able to go out to them and actively seek those that need Jesus. If you feel like you don’t even know how to go about this, that’s okay. If we’re willing to go to uni to be qualified to do our day job properly, we can seek to be trained by God’s Word and Holy Spirit to do His ministry properly. God will give you everything you need to do His work.

I can’t list a number of consecutive steps to take to make these things happen. But here are some ideas to get you thinking.

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about what you did on the weekend. Church and God are important to you, so show it.
  • Let people open up about their problems. You might be able to show God’s love by comforting them and offering prayer. Don’t be afraid to share either, it’ll be easier to relate.
  • Write your own testimony of how you came to Christ. This is a story you should be ready to share.
  • Encourage fellow Christians on their ministry. Ask for support in ministry and pray for people. Pray with your brothers and sisters in Christ, even over the phone. Share Bible passages and devotional thoughts with each other.
  • Get to know God better through His Word. Serve in and outside church. Pray continually. Join in fellowship regularly.

Romans 12:9-12

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

-Frances Dong