About

A n d y D o e r k s e n

Ministry Objective: Educational pastor, small-group pastor, or similar position


Ministry Philosophy

I am passionate about a dual ministry of Word and prayer within the body of Christ – an equipping ministry in accord with Eph. 4:12. I also take very seriously Acts 6:4: “we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” I believe that in too many churches pastors have spread themselves too thin while members of the congregation go under-equipped, their individual gifts undiscovered or under-realized.

I am passionate not only about the expository teaching and preaching of Scripture itself, but also about practical theology – constructing a biblical worldview that encompasses the believer’s everyday life and helps us discern our way through the societal issues of our time. (One of my dream projects, should God grant the opportunity, is to teach or preach through the entire Bible in chronological order, developing a commentary from scratch and telling God’s epic story of creation/fall/redemption from beginning to end.)

In concert with God’s people, I also deeply desire to grow in my own prayer life: this is a primary “field of battle” for the redeemed. Group prayer is also increasingly important to me and I would like to incorporate that into any extended group ministry I may perform.

For me, “pastoring” is feeding Jesus’ sheep (Jn. 21:17). Though administration is very important and hardly to be devalued, this task should be performed, whenever possible, by one or more members specifically gifted for administration. (A book that has been very influential and inspiring for me is Greg Ogden’s Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God.)

I perceive a need to distinguish between “gathering and scattering”: to borrow a phrase from Pastor John MacArthur, “the church gathers to worship and scatters to evangelize.” I believe firmly in designing worship services for believers, to edify those already saved, while also equipping one another to go out into the world, win souls, and confront the issues of the day.


Relevant Gifts & Experience

  • Over 15 years of teaching adult Sun. school and church small groups
  • Two years directing a church’s CE program
  • One year co-directing a youth group
  • Coordination and teamwork with nine other staff members on my previous job (in a security department at a Christian university); communication with departmental colleagues and other departments, often initiated by myself in order to address problems related to our own department
  • Helped my supervisor and another staff member to write/edit a new manual for the department
  • Have dealt with a variety of situations on the aforementioned job, including confrontations with suspicious persons; this sometimes created spontaneous situations relatable to counseling
  • I am able to relate to people of all ages and really value the wisdom, passions and input each generation brings to the body of Christ


Skills

  • Practiced Bible interpreter and teacher
  • Excellent in both verbal and written communication
  • Able to balance the explanatory part of a lesson with the class discussion aspect
  • Solid organizational, interpersonal and time-management skills
  • Can work well with a team and organize tasks for team members


Education

  • 2-year Biblical Studies diploma, Winkler Bible Institute (Manitoba)
  • B.A. in Communications, Trinity Western University (Langley, BC)
  • MA in Worldview Studies, Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto)

Please email me for references and with whatever questions you may have regarding possible ministry opportunities and how you would like me to serve your church or group. My personal belief-statement follows.

Personal Statement of Faith

I believe:

1. the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and women, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life;

2. in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

3. that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary; he died on the cross to bear on our behalf the curse of death for sin; afterward he rose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High he is now our High Priest and Advocate;

4. that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men and women and regenerate the believing sinner; indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service;

5. that humanity was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained;

6. that God, through the convicting power of His Spirit, is the initiator of our relationship with Him, but that sinners have the ability to rebuff the Spirit;

7. that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God;

8. that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age; they are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation;

9. that the true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which he is the head;

10. that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church;

11. that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs;

12. in the personal and impending return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this Blessed Hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer;

13. in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Other

I’m married, with no kids; my wife and I live in downtown Toronto.  I love reading theology, issues-oriented literature, history and fiction.  Along with designing Bible-teaching lessons, I enjoy music, photography, and creative writing.  I am hoping that Bible-teaching and preaching, along with biblical counseling and discipling, will become a larger and larger dimension of my life in terms of a career path.

I am convinced God has gifted me for Word-ministry—such as in teaching/preaching, discipling and counseling—in the Body of Christ: I love both studying His word and teaching it to others, and this dual dimension has become the driving mission of my life.  I would say that my ministry goal, should the Lord grant it, would most closely resemble the careers of such well known pastors as John MacArthur and Adrian Rogers — not in terms of their level of public recognition, but similar in form to the sort of ministry for which these men are known.

One of the ideas I have for worldview-building-—and which could possibly translate into teaching a class or seminar at your church—-is to preach/teach through the Bible chronologically (or parts thereof, depending on time constraints), relating the “world-story” of Scripture.  On this basis we gain insight into ways our individual lives can serve as “subplots” within this Grand Narrative.  (I am designing a 1- or 2-day seminar based on this concept, as well.)