Our most basic ministry philosophy is to work where we are specifically led, according to the principle that Jesus used, to do what the Father showed Him. John 5:19: Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”
Jesus understood that he could not meet all of the material and spiritual needs he encountered, for poverty and oppression was widespread in Palestine during the first century. He relied upon divine guidance seeking His Father’s will at all times, so that He was in complete harmony with His Father in word and deed.
Just as Jesus was dependent upon His Father for ministry direction, we as Christ’ servants are likewise dependent upon Him (through the Holy Spirit’s guidance) to direct our work. Because most of our work will be in developing countries where like Palestine in the first century, there is also a sea of needs. And without specific directives we could miss the areas of ministry that the Lord would have us undertake.
We live in a world with malevolent spiritual beings that are focused to keep all humanity impoverished and distanced from God. This evil kingdom is poised to dilute our effectiveness whenever and wherever possible, therefore we are dependent upon the leading guidance of the Holy Spirit to be as effective as possible. See Kingdom Principles of Ministry and Ministry Focus for further explanation.