Myles Holmes Philosophy of Pastoral Ministry
My strategy in ministry is highly Personal and Positive. I believe a church has a personality which, after a period of time, begins to be somewhat reflective of its Pastor and therefore can be no more warm, friendly or positive than he or she is. I have been blessed with a genuine love for life and people, both God’s people and the lost, and that translates into a contagious enthusiasm for ministry. I believe a ministry should be a fun, happy and exciting place as the gospel is still a good news word in a bad news world.
I also believe that Christian leadership is to offer a Pattern of Purity. I am convinced that I am to live my life as an example to believers; a model of a life lived in Christian service. My devotion to God, my wife and family and the affection I demonstrate publicly to each of them enables me to say like Paul, “follow me as I follow Christ”. Too much heartache and damage has been caused by ministers who have failed in their holy calling to set a high and holy standard in personal living. This is not a Pharisaical-self-righteous snobbery. It is a humble life pursuit to please God and lead others in pleasing Him.
I have determined that my ministry will be consistently Practical and Pertinent. The church must teach and model practical life skills and answer questions people are actually asking. Practical life issues such as marriage, family and finances must be taught from the Word. Key to a well rounded ministry is attention to both Genesis and Revelation; creation evidences and end-time prophecy. My ministry must also be pertinent and relevant to present-day current issues, and answer the culture where it is attacking the faith. This necessitates, at times, a prophetic Biblical challenge from the pulpit regarding issues of morality and life that demand a Biblical response. The Church must be salt and light.
Passionate Preaching is at the heart of my ministry. There is nothing that can take the place of the anointed teaching and preaching of the Word of God. Ministry must be Bible-centered. Scripture must be given first place. This high honouring of the Word of God demands that we communicate its life giving, heart-changing message in a manner that will attract, convict and connect with young and old, believers and backsliders, the committed and the curious. Therefore, preaching and teaching must, first and last, be anointed by the Holy Spirit. That anointing will also lead us to be creative and illustrative with stories, dramas, humor, props, and multi-media, all for the purpose of edifying the saints and winning the lost!
Permissive Partnership is the style of my ministry. While understanding and appreciating the necessity of pastoral authority and leadership, spiritual leaders must seek to build a team that believes in a common vision and works together toward that goal. Not one of us is smart enough or strong enough to do it alone. We must learn from one another, share, grow and lean on one another. Whether in staff relationships, Deacon/Elder Boards, or the church as a whole, there must not only be the perception, but the living reality that the ministry is owned and operated by all of us; every believer in ministry. Every believer is a partner in the vision and has permission to build their ministry and grow the church!
The life of any church and its leadership must be marked by Prevailing Prayer. The Pastor must be freed to, and expected to spend a good portion of his day in study of the Word and in prevailing prayer. The impact of the church in people’s lives, the community and the world will be in direct correlation to the prayer life of its leadership. The church itself must answer Christ’s demand that His Father’s House be called a house of prayer. Seasons of intercession of the corporate body are vital. Praying through to break-through is my style and my passion.
A body of believers must offer to a dying world, through their corporate gatherings, a sense of Prophetic Presence. We must gather with an anticipation of the manifest glory of God. Our worship and our praise are inhabited by His Presence. We gather in His Name and He shows Himself. Music, whether new or old, hymns or contemporary, soft or exciting must all point our hearts heaven-ward and glorify God. We come together to taste and see that the Lord is good. God is to be experienced!
Finally, ministry must be an expression of first century Pentecostal Power in a 21st century dynamic. We lay hands on the sick and see them recover, we declare deliverance from every stronghold and bondage and we know that Christ will confirm His Word with signs following. I also am very certain that the purpose of the Holy Spirit infilling is to empower us to be witnesses for Christ in our contemporary setting. Believers must be soul winners and evangelists fulfilling the great commission and building the church. Spirit-filled believers operate not only in the gifts of the Spirit but also manifest the fruit! We have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost!
My philosophy of ministry is propelled by a desire to heal the hurting, win the lost, get the hell out and the heaven in, love the body of Christ, build His church together, prepare for His coming and have fun while doing all of that and more. All for His glory!