Ephesians 2:10 says:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The word “workmanship” means that we are a work of art or a masterpiece because we have been created in Christ Jesus. The purpose of God creating is for good works. We are simply to walk in the path that God has already prepared for us.
Since we are God’s workmanship, what can we do to carefully follow in the good works He has prepared for us? Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, love others, and live by faith in Him moment by moment.
Understanding The Cycles Of Ministry
The Cycles of Ministry is the ministry timing of activities during an academic calendar. There are three parts to the cycle. First, is the gathering of new students through an evangelistic emphasis. The second, is follow-up of new people, and the third, is building commitment.
Here is what it might look like:
August/early September: Conduct surveys/questionnaires or another evangelistic emphasis to find and Gather many new interested people.
Early September: Follow-up by sharing the Gospel message. Involve them in Bible studies/weekly meeting, and engage them in social events to build unity.
Mid-September/early October: Bring as many students to your nearest Fall retreat to Build commitment, unity, spiritual growth, and vision.
These are the cycles of ministry you will run through: Gathering – Follow-up – Building commitment.
Now creatively repeat all three of the above cycles two or three times each Fall and Spring term. Of course, the activities will change. You might repeat doing another survey/questionnaire or a big campus wide evangelic push. Also, the Winter conference is next on the calendar.
The main idea here is that each cycle is not once and done. But it is repeated to continue reaching as many as possible. So right now, you might be thinking about another significant evangelistic push to start up a new “Cycle of Ministry”.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru