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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    “If our programmes are “worker hungry” (always looking for more workers), then they are out of place. Have you ever visited a church and even before you had a chance to evaluate the place you were being told how much of a help you could be to them? That’s evidence that the programmes are driving the ministry. We’ve got to tear that whole mindset down and build a new one based on a biblical theology of the body.”

    This is a very common scenario from what I know in my own experiences and from what others have told me. The mindset is going to be one tough thing to crack though..

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    I agree Alen. I suppose it’s the natural way we think. But I really think it puts the wrong kind of pressure on people by emphasising getting involved in “what we’re doing” instead of getting involved where the Lord has gifted you to minister.

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    Robert Apps

    Jason, am I the ‘Bob’ you referred to in your article?:)

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    Jason Harris

    lol! I should have chosen a more veiled character profile!

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    Robert Apps


    I have been thinking about your post for a couple of days now.

    I think we are agreed that people need to serve in ministries that maximise their gifts. There is no point, for a variety of reasons, having people do ministries that they are not equipped or suited to do.

    On the other hand, it takes time for people to discover their blending of spiritual gifts. For example, there are a lot of missionaries and evangelists around who served as pastors for a while until they (and others) saw they were called to a different task.

    So people will often begin in youth or other ministries. Some stay in that ministry or move to other ministries as their gifts become apparent.

    I think the best way to assess gifts is in the context of a ministry. Some people simply will not know if they suited to different tasks until they give them a go.

    To avoid people getting stuck in ministries that don’t suit them, churches needs to have clearly defined terms of service so that people don’t see obligations of service as ’till death do them part’.

    People should be asked on an annual basis about their availability to continue serving so that they have an ‘out’ when it becomes clear that they should be serving elsewhere.

    I think that way we will be better placed to get the right people serving in the right ministries (or programs:))

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    Jason Harris


    I agree with your point. I think for young people, new church members, and newer believers it is completely appropriate for them to just find a ministry that interests them and get involved. But I do think that we need to see this as a means to getting them in the ideal place, not as the ends.

    I like your idea of an annual opportunity to re-sign-up for ministries, though I would probably prefer to see it done even more often.

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