Different people require different ministry approaches. (Jude)

There is no “one size fits all” approach to ministering to people.

As ministry leaders, Jude advises us to adjust our methods to the person being ministered to.

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 1:22-23

1. Show mercy to those who are doubting.

“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering…”

Those who are struggling with their belief in God do not need someone yelling at them. They need mercy. They need someone to come alongside them and assure them of their faith.

2. Rescue others more aggressively.

“Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment…”

This phrase implies that some people need a more aggressive approach to get their attention. I’m still not promoting yelling on the street corner.  I believe that even our more aggressive attempts to reach people need to motivated and seasoned by grace.

Sometimes we need to sit across from someone and tell them the hard truths they need to hear without sugar coating it. Some people will respond better to a loving warning than a hint.

3. Be careful that you don’t end up tolerating sin and becoming contaminated.

 “Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”

It is helpful to spend time with the people you are ministering to. The danger comes when they end up influencing you way more than you are influencing them!

As you make friends with non-believers and wavering believers be sure that you also have a solid group of Christians to keep you grounded. Also watch yourself and make sure that you are not falling into the same sins the people you are reaching out to are.

What are some ways of discerning which ministry methods to use for different people?

Share on Facebook or Twitter or post a comment. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in Jude 1 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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