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Title: Developing Ministry Teams: Equipping and Empowering God


1
Developing Ministry Teams Equipping and
Empowering Gods People for Ministry
  • Facilitator W. C. Dishon
  • Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry
  • Chaplain for Adult and Graduate Studies
  • MVNU (Fall, 2002)
  • Previous Pastoral Experience Port Arthur, TX
    Johannesburg,
  • South Africa Kansas City, Fort Wayne, Houston
  • Prior Experience Administrative Assistant,
    Dept. of Evangelism,
  • Church of the Nazarene (3 years)

2
  • School of
  • Theology and
  • Philosophy

3
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4
  • Reduces friction
  • Improves efficiency
  • Increases power

5
  • Good Theology does that in the Church!
  • Reduces friction
  • Improves efficiency
  • Increases power

6
EcclesiologyTheology of the Church
  • Good ecclesiology frees the people of God,
  • the Church,
  • to grow toward maturity as disciples of Jesus
    Christ and
  • to effectively serve, or minister, in the power
    of His Spirit, as channels of His love and grace.

7
Ecclesiology
  • Good ecclesiology leads to--
  • Building the Church
  • by
  • Being the Church

8
Ecclesiology
  • Christs prophesy and promise
  • I will build my church, and the gates of hell
    will not overcome it (Matthew 1618).
  • 1. The Church is Christs and is His doing.
  • The ultimate responsibility for building the
    Church is His, not ours.
  • 2. We are co-workers in that process.
  • Our responsibility is to faithfully obey the
    Spirit of Jesus Christ as He works in and through
    us in the task of building His Church.

9
Ecclesiology
  • 3. The Church will prevail.
  • -Whatever the enemy does, he is doomed to fail.
  • -While individual local churches may wither
    and even die, the Church will always survive.
  • -Just as He called the Church into being by
    the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of
    Pentecost, Jesus Christ will continue building
    His Church through the work of His Spirit until
    it reaches completion and he returns to take his
    bride to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev.
    19, Eph. 5).

10
Ecclesiology
  • C. S. Lewis in Screwtape Letters
  • One of our great allies at present is the Church
    itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean
    the Church as we see her spread out through all
    time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible
    as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a
    spectacle which makes our boldest tempters
    uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to
    these humans (p. 15).

11
Ecclesiology
  • The Church is a divine organism.
  • The Church is neither an accident of human
    history nor the result
  • of a master plan strategy concocted by the
    disciples to keep alive
  • the memory of a great man, Jesus Christ. Instead,
    Scripture
  • clearly portrays the Church as Gods doing.
    Called into being by
  • the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost when his
    fiery presence
  • freed those in the Upper Room from a carnal
    preoccupation with
  • self, He fused them together with Jesus Christ
    and with one
  • another into a new unity now characterized by
    genuine love for
  • God and for one another. Symbolized by the sound
    of wind, the
  • Spirit breathed life into this new unity and it
    became a living
  • organism.

12
The Church
  • What is the purpose/mission of this divine
    organism, the church?
  • To build buildings?
  • To develop organizations?
  • To gather a crowd?
  • To make converts?

13
The Church
  • No, while any or all of those may be involved,
    the purpose/mission of the church is to make
    disciples!
  • By baptizing
  • By teaching
  • Matthew 2819-20

14
Disciples are
  • Fully devoted followers of
  • Jesus Christ
  • People who are growing in
  • Christ-likeness
  • People who increasingly
  • think like Jesus

15
Disciples are
  • To become a disciple means a decisive and
    irrevocable turning to both God and neighbor.
    What follows from there is a journey which . . .
    never ends in this life, a journey of continually
    discovering new dimensions of loving God and
    neighbor (David Bosch, Transforming Mission).

16
Disciples are
  • It is not our responsibility to make people
    Christians and get them baptized into a
    particular denomination, but rather to help
    people decide to follow Jesus and his radical
    message. Maybe this is why the New Testament
    writers only use Christian three times but
    disciple on 269 occasions! (Tom Getman, World
    Vision).

17
Disciples are
  • It has become popular to preach a painless
    Christianity and automatic saintliness. It has
    become part of our instant culture. Just pour
    a little water on it, stir mildly, pick up a
    gospel tract, and your are on your Christian way
    (A. W. Tozer, Jesus, Author of Our Faith).

18
Disciples are
  • A disciple is one who responds in faith and
    obedience to the gracious call of Jesus Christ.
    Being a disciple is a lifelong process of dying
    to self while allowing Jesus Christ to come alive
    in us (Greg Ogden, Discipleship Essentials).

19
Disciples are
  • People who share Pauls commitment
  • For to me to live is Christ (Phil. 121).
  • I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer
    live but Christ lives in me. The life I live
    in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
    who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal.
    220-21).
  • People who share Pauls confidence
  • Being confident of this, that he who began a good
    work in you will carry it on to completion until
    the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 16).
  • and we confidently and joyfully look forward to
    actually becoming all that God has had in mind
    for us to be (Rom. 52 LB).

20
The purpose/mission of the church is
  • To make Christ-like disciples and to facilitate
    their growth toward Christ-likeness
  • To nurture disciples toward maturity in
    Christ-likeness It was he who gave some to be
    apostles, some to be prophets, some to be
    evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
    to prepare Gods people for works of service, so
    that the body of Christ may be built up until we
    all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge
    of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to
    the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Eph.
    411-13).

21
Developing Maturing Disciples
  • What does a mature disciple look like?
  • What are the qualities, traits that characterize
    a mature, Christ-like disciple?

22
Profile of Holistic DiscipleshipLower Lights
Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Heart
  • (The core of your being)
  • 1) Motivated by a growing Love for God, others,
    self.
  • 2) A movement away from self-serving motives
    and
  • toward motives that are God-glorifying.
  • Desires to be totally pure (Christ-like) in
    motive of heart.

23
Profile of Holistic DiscipleshipLower Lights
Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Soul
  • (Emotions, Will, and Thoughts)
  • 1) You know and accept that God has forgiven
    your sins, you have forgiven yourself for
    your past sins, and have extended
    forgiveness to others who have sinned against
    you. When appropriate, you have attempted
    reconciliation.
  • 2) Your identity is in Christ not in what you do
    or your vocation or your status.
  • 3) Recognizes that emotions are healthy as long
    as they are handled or responded to in
    Christ-like ways.

24
Profile of Holistic DiscipleshipLower Lights
Community Church of the Nazarene
SOUL (cont.) 4) Worshipping regularly, both
privately and corporately. 5) Practicing
Spiritual Disciplines of scripture reading,
prayer, fasting, meditation, journaling, etc.
which leads to a growing understanding of
Gods will. 6) A contributing part of the
fellowship both socially and in
ministry. 7) A growing confidence in God that
leads to greater obedience. 8)
Recognizes all is Gods and we are stewards of
it. 9) Is involved with outreach to neighbors,
family, co- workers.
25
Profile of Holistic DiscipleshipLower Lights
Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Strength
  • (The physical body)
  • 1) A Christian understanding of sexuality
  • 2) Abstaining from substances that cause harm to
    the body and others (tobacco, alcohol,
    drugs)
  • 3) Developing a lifestyle that is God-honoring
    and leads to health for the body.

26
Developing Maturing Disciples
  • It is essential for those involved in pastoral
    ministry to keep this purpose clearly in mind.
  • We should routinely evaluate our effectiveness.
  • Willowcreek--REVEAL

27
Ecclesiology
  • The Dominant N.T. Image for the Church Body, a
    Divine Organism
  • 1 Corinthians 1212 The body is a unit, though
    it is made up of many parts and though all its
    parts are many, they form one body. So it is
    with Christ.
  • Romans 124-5 Just as each of us has one body
    with many members, and these members do not all
    have the same function, so in Christ we who are
    many form one body . . .

28
Ecclesiology
  • Organism vs. Organization
  • Organization-An association of individuals and
    derives its power from those individuals.
  • Organism-Common life shared by individual members
    who derive power from the source of that life.
  • The life-giving, empowering presence of the Holy
    Spirit is essential to the existence and function
    of the Church as a divine organism.

29
Ecclesiology
  • Are organism and organization mutually
    exclusive?
  • Or is there a place for both in the life of the
    Church?

30
Ecclesiology
  • Christ is the Head of His Body, the Church
  • Ephesians 122 And God placed all things under
    his feet and appointed him to be head over
    everything for the church, which is his body, the
    fullness of him who fills everything in every
    way.
  • Ephesians 415 Instead, speaking the truth in
    love, we will in all things grow up into him who
    is the Head, that is Christ.

31
Ecclesiology
  • The Spirit Is the Giver of Life and Gifts.
  • Pentecost
  • The Holy Spirit has generated the Church. . . .
    This appears quite plainly in the story of
    Pentecost (Kraemer, p. 126).
  • Pentecost is more than the birth of the church
    it is the indwelling power of the Spirit of
    Christ as the source of the churchs life and
    ministry (Anderson, p. 111).

32
Ecclesiology
  • Without the Spirits presence and work,
  • the Church is lifeless and dead.
  • Never true of the Church of Jesus Christ
  • May be true of individual local body of believers
  • May be true of individual member
  • 95
  • There is no substitute!

33
Ecclesiology
  • Holy Spirit is the giver of gifts.
  • Each part of the body makes some contribution as
    enabled by the Spirit.
  • Primary scriptures Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12,
    Ephesians 4
  • Define Divine abilities distributed by the
    Holy Spirit to every believer according to Gods
    design and grace for the common good of the body
    of Christ (Bugbee, 52).

34
Ecclesiology
  • How many and what are they?
  • Specific, fixed number?
  • Comprehensive lists?
  • Single or in clusters?
  • Infinite variety?
  • There appear to be as many gifts available to
    the community as there are needs, with some
    highlighted in each community according to the
    ministry focus (Anderson, The Soul of Ministry).

35
Ecclesiology
  • Points to emphasize
  • All Gods children have gifts.
  • These gifts are intended for the common good.
  • As stewards of the grace of God, we will give
    account for the use of these gifts.
  • Therefore, each person who is part of the body is
    called to ministry.

36
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister
  • Every Believer is a Minister.
  • Called to walk as Jesus walked
  • Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus
    did. 1 John 26
  • To this you were called, because Christ suffered
    for you, leaving you an example, that you should
    follow in his steps. 1 Peter 221
  • Starts with a servant attitude.
  • Mark 1043-45
  • Philippians 21-8

37
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister
  • Impact of consumer mentality on church
  • The roots of the churchs identity crisis are
    found in the consumer mentality so pervasive in
    our culture. People flit about in search of
    what suits their taste at the moment. People
    change congregations and preachers and even
    denominations as readily as they change banks or
    grocery stores. Capitulating to consumerism has
    profound consequences for the church. It changes
    the very character of the church (Colson and
    Vaughn, The Body).

38
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister
  • It is hard to move people from a consumer
    mind-set to a servant lifestyle when so much in
    their world militates against this transition.
    Yet, it is exactly this transformation that will
    provide them with the greatest joy and maturity.
    To build an equipping culture in a sea of
    opposing forces requires bold prayer, careful
    strategy, and persistent, never-ending work.
    (Mallory Smith, Equipping Church Guidebook)

39
Every Believer is a Minister.
  • The Churchs goal not a congregation of
    consumers, but an army of disciples.
  • Failure to move people from self-centered
    consumers to committed servants will undermine
    the very nature and function of the Church as the
    body of Christ.
  • The lack of willingness to serve one another
    within any local body of believers will render
    that church ineffective.

40
Every Believer is a Minister.
  • The Biblical Ideal
  • Mark 1045 Diakonia (serve, minister)
  • John 2021 As the Father has sent me, even so
    send I you.
  • The more we study the early Church the more we
    realize that it was a society of ministers
    (Trueblood, Incendiary Fellowship).
  • If you are a Christian, you are a minister.
    Every layperson is called to ministry (Garlow,
    Partners in Ministry).

41
Every Believer is a Minister.
  • Agree or Disagree? Why?
  • In our time it may well be that the greatest
    single bottleneck to the renewal and outreach of
    the church is the division of roles between
    clergy and laity that results in a hesitancy of
    the clergy to trust the laity with significant
    responsibility, and in turn a reluctance on the
    part of the laity to trust themselves as
    authentic ministers of Christ, either in the
    church or outside the church (Robert Munger,
    quoted in The New Reformation).

42
Every Believer is a Minister.
  • The Church Gathered and Scattered
  • The renewal of the Church will be in progress
    when it is seen as a fellowship of consciously
    inadequate persons who gather because they are
    weak, and scatter to serve because their unity
    with one another and with Christ has made them
    bold. This is the only kind of Christianity that
    can stand up to the challenge of the militant
    paganism and the fanaticism of the new Left. It
    will win, in the long run, because it is more
    revolutionary than they are (Trueblood,
    Incendiary Fellowship).

43
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Church Gathered The Base
  • Hebrews 1025
  • Koinonia
  • Equipping
  • Church Scattered The Field
  • Stevens, The Other Six Days
  • Refers to the Church out in the world, between
    Sundays

44
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Challenge
  • To get beyond the sacred/secular split
  • in ones thinking and living
  • To avoid compartmentalizing ones life
  • and Christianity

45
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Trueblood We gather in order to scatter! The
    Church is a particular fellowship of men and
    women involved in common life, sharing the life
    of Christ, who assemble with one another for the
    purpose of sending. Christians are perpetually
    being sent out (Mark 67).

46
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Slocum When I search for my place as part of
    the Church Scattered, I must get in touch with my
    own spiritual giftsthe special gift or gifts
    placed in my life by the Holy Spirit. These
    gifts are valid and active all week long. I must
    look at my vocation and ask, What is God calling
    me to do? . . . I must ask what it means
    personally to follow Jesus Christ into my
    everyday world.

47
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Ephesians 411-16
  • It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to
    be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to
    be pastors and teachers, to prepare Gods people
    for works of service, so that the body of Christ
    may be built up until we all reach unity in the
    faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and
    become mature, attaining to the whole measure of
    the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer
    be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,
    and blown here and there by every wind of
    teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men
    in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking
    the truth in love, we will in all things grow up
    into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From
    him the whole body, joined and held together by
    every supporting ligament, grows and builds
    itself up in love, as each part does its work.

48
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • Issue 1 Who does the work of ministry?
  • Issue 2 Who does the equipping?
  • Issue 3 How do we understand prepare?

49
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • To Mend and Restore
  • Fix what is broken.
  • Bring back into proper alignment.
  • Supply what is lacking.
  • To Establish and Lay Foundations
  • Jesus Christ, the True Foundation
  • The Word of God
  • Modeling, the Incarnational Way

50
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • To Prepare and Train
  • A spiritual gifts-oriented church
  • A sense of call
  • Specialized training
  • Ogden, Greg. (2001). Unfinished Business
    Returning the Ministry
  • to the People of God. Grand Rapids, MI Zondervan
    Publishing.

51
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • What are the implications of this understanding
    of Ephesians 4 for the church and/or our approach
    to ministry?
  • Education and Training
  • Modeling and Mentoring
  • Multiply rather than Monopolize Ministry

52
Church Gathered and Scattered
  • I envision the layman out in the stream of life,
    in the situations and crises of our community,
    equipped with a personal relationship to Christ,
    empowered by His Spirit, knowledgeable with the
    plumb line of His will, in fellowship with other
    Christians so as to withstand the pressures and
    ambiguities of life. In the church, I ask what
    we must do to provide all the resources to train
    and equip that person. I see everything in that
    lightworship, fellowship, studyand it provides
    the basis to judge what should have priority and
    what should be eliminated as irrelevant (Lloyd
    Ogilive, quoted by Howard, Nine Roads to Renewal).

53
Surrender and Service?
  • In our consumer-oriented society and
    seeker-sensitive church world, what happens to
    the commands of the Gospel and the concept of
    discipleship?
  • Is it possible to have salvation without
    discipleship?
  • Is there any place for the concept of surrender
    in todays Christianity?

54
Surrender Is Essential for Service
  • What is implied by Christs call to Follow me?
  • Does self-denial still play a role in
    discipleship?
  • Does it have any bearing on effectiveness in
    ministry?
  • What connection is there between surrender and
    the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in
    ones life and ministry?

55
Motivation for Service
  • What is the Christians motivation?
  • Where does that motivation come from?
  • How does this relate to the work of the Holy
    Spirit?

56
Summary
  • Christ is the Head of His Body, the Church.
  • The Spirit is the giver of Life and Gifts.
  • Every Believer is a Minister.
  • The Church Gathers to Scatter.
  • The Church is an Equipping Center.
  • Surrender is Essential for Service.
  • Love Makes the Difference.

57
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Is the concept of Ministry Teams biblical?
  • Term is not used in scripture.
  • Examples are numerous
  • Moses, Jethro
  • Nehemiah
  • Jesus, Disciples, 70
  • Acts 6
  • Paul, Barnabus, Silas, John Mark, Timothy, others
  • Ecc. 412 Though one may be overpowered, two can
    defend themselves. A cord of three strands is
    not quickly broken.

58
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Putman, Church Is a Team Sport
  • I believe that the church is supposed to be a
    collection
  • of transformed individuals molded by God into a
    team. .
  • . . When I speak of church, I mean a body of
    believers
  • working as individuals and together as a team to
  • achieve the Lords goals. Gods plan is to
    glorify
  • Himself through this team.

59
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Before we can play, we must be developed
    through a discipleship process that helps us
    understand our mission, play this new game, and
    be successful in our position on the team. . . .
    As we grow in Him, we move from self-serving,
    thoughtless, hard-hearted beings into the players
    God wants us to become. We are now able to
    become one with other believers to form His team.
    Yes, we play as individuals and as a team as
    well. God has given each person gifts and
    talents for the purpose of using them for this
    team. The result of the discipleship process is
    people who can serve God wherever they work or
    play as part of His team.

60
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Pastor as coach, player-coach (Trueblood)
  • To prepare (train, develop) each player and the
    team as a whole
  • The job of the coach is to create and
    environment where every person can grow. He
    knows the game well enough to know what the
    player needs. He guides the student through the
    process of becoming a great player and even a
    great coach. When we win and train up men and
    women who are able to win and train up others,
    growth becomes exponential. (Putman)

61
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • Manager--
  • Or Mentor?
  • Supervisor--
  • Or Shepherd?
  • CEO--
  • Or Servant?

62
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • Shepherd (cares for sheep)
  • I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd
    lays down his life for the sheep. . . . I am the
    good shepherd I know my sheep and my sheep know
    mejust as the Father knows me and I know the
    Fatherand I lay down my life for the sheep (Jn
    1011-15).

63
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • Servant (stoops to serve)
  • You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord
    it over them, and their high officials exercise
    authority over them. Not so with you. Instead,
    whoever wants to become great among you must be
    your servant, and whoever wants to be first must
    be your slavejust as the Son of Man did not come
    to be served, but to serve, and to give his life
    as a ransom for many (Matt. 2025-28).

64
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • If anyone wants to be first, he must be the
    very last, and the servant of all (Mk 935).
  • Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed
    your feet, you also should wash one anothers
    feet. I have set you an example that you should
    do as I have done for you (Jn 1314).

65
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your
    care, serving as overseersnot because you must,
    but because you are willing, as God wants you to
    be not greedy for money, but eager to serve not
    lording it over those entrusted to you, but being
    examples to the flock. And when the Chief
    Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of
    glory that will never fade away (1 Peter 52-4).

66
What is the Pastors Leadership Role?
  • Shepherd/Servant
  • Caring, Compassionate
  • Consensus-builder
  • Facilitator
  • Equipper
  • True greatness, true leadership is achieved not
    by reducing men to ones service but in giving
    oneself in selfless service to them.
  • (Spiritual Leadership, Sanders)

67
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • The Church is a team of teams
  • Leadership teams
  • Ministry teams
  • Small groups
  • Others

68
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Is team just a glorified name for a committee
    or work group? How does a team differ?
  • Work groups are collections of people who come
    together for a particular duration to accomplish
    a specific task.
  • Committees are collections of individuals who
    meet for discussion and perhaps to make
    recommendations on policy, programs, etc.
  • Leadership teams are small groups of leaders who
    share a common vision, have complementary gifts
    and skills, are committed to one anothers growth
    and hold themselves mutually accountable. (Barna)

69
Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • A Christian ministry team is a manageable group
    of diversely gifted people who hold one another
    accountable to serve joyfully together for the
    glory of God by
  • sharing a common mission
  • accomplishing a meaningful ministry
  • anticipating transformative results
  • (Becoming a Healthy Team 5 Traits of Vital
    Leadership, Macchia)

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Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Five Traits of Healthy Teams
  • T rust
  • E mpower
  • A ssimilate
  • M anage
  • S erve
  • (Becoming a Healthy Team 5 Traits of Vital
    Leadership, Macchia)

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Developing Maturing Disciples Who Minister in/as
Teams
  • Christ said I will build my church and the
    gates of Hell will not overcome it (or prevail
    against it) (Mt 1618).
  • John, the revelator, portrays the risen,
    victorious Christ, who says I am the First and
    the Last. I am the Living One I was dead, and
    behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold
    the keys of death and hell (Rev. 117-18).
  • Message of Revelation Jesus will win!
  • Jesus is building His Church and we are
    privileged to be part of that grand process!
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