Every church leader has a limited time to meet with people. Who should this time be spent with and what should be done in this time? The following diagrams come from Chris Green’s lectures at Oak Hill College on ministry training.
VIPs are Very Important People, local government bods, diocesan reps, school governors and so on.
VDPs are Very Dependent People in need of counselling or other social care.
VNPs are Very Nice People, the sort of friends you’d spend your day off with.
VTPs are Very Trainable People, eager to learn about Christ and to serve him.
The aim of ministry is to maximise time with VTPs. As they are trained the work of the church expands and the pastor achieves the goal of ministering to many VDPs through the VTPs (left hand diagram below):
What often happens in ministry is VIPs and VDPs demand the minister’s time. This creates a circular pattern where the minister only spends his remaining time with VNPs as a means of escaping the pressure. VTPs get overlooked and the church does not expand (right hand diagram above). In spite of high ideals, I’ve found it easy to drift in this regard and need these diagrams to remind me of the work of the pastor.