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Ministry Over Maintenance: A Message from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

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Ministry Over Maintenance

Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

Proven strategies can grow any church, but what strategies are necessary for growth in the local church and community? As believers in Christ, we believe in sowing and reaping. If this is the case, then what we plant will grow. What ministry seeds are we planting and what strategies are we using to create ministry over maintenance?

           My question is: What strategies are necessary for growth in the local Church? Consider these:

·      Prayer that is strategy-centered and focused according to the will of God yields fruit. It must be specific and targeted according to the capacity of the local church in the community where the Church is present.

·      The Holy Ghost helps and teaches us concerning the things of Jesus the Christ. We cannot be effective unless we yield to the Holy Ghost. Jesus meets needs when the local Church leadership operates with an outward focus on meeting the needs of others as directed by the Holy Ghost regardless to who they are.

·      Relevant fellowship is essential. Although we came into and will leave the world alone, we are community people. We need one another. Each of us has gifts that will help the local church function in fullness and vibrancy. Prepare for growth! If we have not prepared for growth with anticipation and expectation, then those we pray for, the hearts the Holy Ghost touch, the needs we meet, and the relevant fellowship will come in the front door and leave out another one.

The focus of ministry will take work. In fact, the leadership that focuses on the maintenance of a Church must understand it takes more energy. One reason is people become complacent with the ineffectiveness of nothingness. So, when it is time for ministry, leadership may have to pump people up to get them to do their reasonable service of ministry. Could it be the fear of ministry that causes maintenance over ministry? I am not sure, but I do realize this, the intentionality in ministry over maintenance is waiting. Why wait when Jesus said Go!

The order does matter. Churches that have a ministry mindset are thriving and vibrant churches. Look at those Churches that are ministry driven and ask yourself the following questions, “What ministry seeds are we planting, and what strategies are we using to create ministry over maintenance?”


We are The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.


Rev. Dr. Leon C. Moore, Jr.

General Secretary of Evangelism and Missions

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

4466 Elvis Presley Blvd

Memphis, TN 38116  

Pastor, Anderson Chapel CMEC, Holly Springs, MS


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