About

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

Ministry Goals

I am passionate about equipping ministries in accord with Ephesians 4:12. This can take various forms, but the ones I pursue are: teaching classes, expository preaching, story-telling and editorials.  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.  I’m currently rearranging the narratives of the entire Bible into chronological order, synthesizing them as one narrative, with the goal of publishing this saga as a “pocket novel.”  I’m also writing the story of the Bible as a science-fiction epic (think Bible-meets-Star Wars).

In regard to shepherding ministries, and in concert with God’s people, I want to grow in my own prayer life: this is a primary “field of battle” for the redeemed. Corporate prayer is also increasingly important to me and I would like to incorporate that into any extended congregational 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. (In this vein, two books that have been very influential and inspiring for me are Greg Ogden’s Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God, and Kenneth Berding’s What Are Spiritual Gifts?: Rethinking the Conventional View.)


Relevant Gifts & Experience

  • Over two decades of teaching adult Sun. school and church small groups, along with fill-in pulpit ministry
  • 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 convinced God has gifted me for Word-ministry in various forms.  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 to either believers or inquirers.  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.)