My Philosophy of Ministry

I was introduced to Jesus at South Abbotsford MB Church when I was two years old. My grandfather drove me to church for fourteen years. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve a deep love for God.

As a child, I dreamed of being a missionary when I grew up, as I believed serving God was a high calling.

I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of seven at “Columbia Bible Camp”. This was the first time I remember hearing the gospel in a clear concise way, with an invitation to accept Christ.

I seek to live out the two greatest commandments

Jesus taught us the two greatest commandments (Luke 10:27) are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. These two commands are imperative to ministry.

In order to love God well, I must study His word, renew my mind to think Godly thoughts, and lean on Him to be my strength. As I read scripture the story of God’s love for mankind is impossible to miss. Therefore, the more I love God, the more I will love people, those made in His image.

I desire to be obedient to share my talents

I have been blessed with many rich experiences in my Christian walk including Bible Camp, Youth with a Mission, Capernwray, bible studies, conferences, Christian resources, and Sunday sermons over the past 45 years. As the parable of the talents teaches us, to whom much is given, much is expected.

My life is an example of someone who did not grow up in a Christian home, but whose life has been hugely impacted by others in the faith, who have poured into me. I desire to pour back into others in whatever ways God calls me to.

I desire to fulfill the command of scripture to use my spiritual gifts to build up the Church

The Bible commands us to know our spiritual gifts and to use them to build up the church. My top three spiritual gifts are teaching, discernment and administration. These three gifts can be put to great use in pastoring women in a shepherding, leading and equipping capacity.

I believe ministry leaders must point others to Christ

I believe that one of the main roles of ministry leaders is to continue to point people to Christ. While I will never have all the answers people need, Christ will, and I need to constantly point people to God’s word, to prayer and discipleship.

I never want people to think that any part of ministry is about me, I just want people to see God working through me. I am but a vessel that God can use because I am willing. I believe that humility is a very important characteristic for a pastor to possess.

I believe all Christians are called to make disciples

Matthew 28 proclaims the great commission which is to go into all the world and make disciples. Jesus started his team with just 12 disciples whom God used to keep the message of the gospel alive for over 2000 years to present.

As a Christ follower, I believe I am to encourage those I serve and have a relationship with, to be disciples and make disciples. Disciples should be growing in faith, becoming ever more like Christ, and sharing the good news with others.

I must live a life that models that of a disciple by modeling integrity, knowledge of God and His Word, humility, service, generosity of time, talent, treasure, and love and grace for others.

I believe I am called to minister to women

I have experience as a wife (over 26 years), as a daughter, mother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, step-daughter and as an aunt. Each of these roles has brought both good and difficult experience, and challenges. I desire to share with other women what God has taught me about Himself, human nature, and relationships, through both the good and difficult situations these roles have presented me.

I desire those under my ministry to

  • Grow in understanding of God and His word
  • Understand her identity in Christ
  • Take further steps of obedience in her personal walk with Christ through baptism, (if she has not already) and discipleship
  • Understand how to share the gospel, share her testimony and know what her spiritual gifts are, what they mean, and how she could use these gifts in the local church
  • Learn how to apply theology to her relationships

 I believe I cannot do ministry on my own strength

I know that in ministry I must rely on God’s strength. Ministry done in human strength will not have the result God desires. The wooing and changing of hearts is up to the work of the Holy Spirit. I do my best to prepare for ministry opportunities but in the end, I know I must allow God room to do the work only He can do. God changes hearts and lives not me and I’m so thankful I can look to Him to do the heart work.

I long for Christ to work in and through me to establish His purposes and kingdom to whomever He chooses to reach through me.

Kelly Rader