Creating a Philosophy of Ministry

Tim Cain is part of the Kaleo Movement. This last year he and his wife journeyed to Bethlehem Baptist to be the church planting intern at John Piper’s church. While he was there he has had the opportunity to plan a church plant and lay out what that will look like when he returns to San Diego. A lot of this writing includes material from Total Church, our conversations, Tim’s convictions and what Kaleo envisions for new church plants.

Tim’s Philosophy of Ministry document includes items such as:

– Building a ministry that reflects three expressions of being the church.
– Core theological convictions that shape the people.
– The practices and life behaviors of the community.
– Mission, Gospel & Community interactions.

Philosophy of Ministry (pdf)

Aside: If you’d like to connect with Tim drop a comment with your email and I’ll forward it on to him.

  • Jed Paschall

    December 5, 2008, 3:53 am

    Thanks for putting this up Drew. Tim’s involvement with you guys is exciting, and this write up is very helpful in understanding what Kaleo is all about. You guys have a compelling vision for ministry. It seems like it captures the ideals of what Scriptures present to us as the way the Gospel can and should be carried out in the mission of the church.

  • David Cooke

    December 6, 2008, 8:31 am

    Thank you for this. I am thousands of miles away but this articulation of what we are all supposed to be about is very thought-provoking. It has prompted me to start thinking what philosophy I might put down on paper. Unlike so many of these sorts of things, Tim has managed to keep it clear and simple but theologically thorough. A great achievement. May the Lord bless him.

  • Gardner Gordon

    March 4, 2009, 1:17 pm

    though I’m just getting to this post a couple of months late, thanks! It’s clarifying and encouraging. It’s a beautiful example of not just what a philo of min should be, but who we are to be.

  • Jason Rigby

    July 10, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Would like to use some of this for our church’s philosophy of ministry? Would their be a way to get a hold of Tim for permission and credit?
    My email is

  • D. Goodmanson

    July 13, 2009, 10:32 am

    I’ll have Tim contact you Jason but I think it’s up to be shared.

  • Jason Rigby

    July 16, 2009, 10:46 am

    Thanks so much Drew!!! Tim contacted me and helped me out allot! Going to adopt it and teach it to our leaders.

    Do you have any detailed system stuff on triperspectival leadership apart from what’s on your website?

  • Jerry Daley

    September 28, 2010, 10:00 am

    Drew, I’m in a Dmin program at CIU (leadership) and I am being asked to write a paper that describes my Phil of min. Hmmmm. I definitely have one; and appreciate your mentioning 4 items in this post. Any enlargement on what to include under the heading of phil of min would a great help.
    Jerry Daley