The Ministry Plan
After over 30 years of ministry and reflection upon the Bible and the geo-political situation in our world, we (Deb and I) have come to some biblical conclusions concerning both the scope and the method of ministry needed if we are to be obedient to our great-commissioning Savior. The convictions which we arrived at are contained in my (Bill’s) thesis. The Abstract for the thesis is immediately below and a link to the thesis is at the bottom of this page. This thesis contains both the rational and the plan for the ministry to which we are giving our lives.
The thesis of this project is that a church-planting effort should be established in metropolitan Boston, and then expanded to other metropoles. In the first section two main subjects are covered which indicate the need for ministry to world-class cities: the geo-political situation in the world and the human situation in the city. The purpose of the second section is to establish the hermeneutical, theological, ecclesiological, missiological, and apologetical parameters within which this thesis-project is written. The third section identifies the dilemma in the city, studies the various Christian responses to the city, and reviews evangelical ministry in Boston. And the fourth section evaluates the church-planting ministry with which the writer of this thesis has been involved thus far.
Then, on the basis of that evaluation and the lessons learned in the first three sections, a new ministry plan is presented. This ministry plan encompasses the planting of a model church and the establishment of four interrelating networks: local, regional, continental, and international. These networks are designed to provide the infrastructure for the establishment of churches in other world-class cities.