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Title: A Pastoral Leader: Elder Training Day 2010


1
A Pastoral Leader Elder Training Day 2010
  • Presenters Rob Steed and Darren Croft
  • This presentation is available at
  • http//vicpastors.adventist.org.au/

2
More Workers
  • The harvest is plentiful but the workers are
    few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to
    send out workers into his harvest field."
    (Matthew 937-38)

3
Leadership Burnout
  • Nearly a quarter (23) of leaders are
    experiencing some burnout symptoms and another
    55 are borderline to burnout. Burnout affects
    leaders in both paid and voluntary positions.
    NCLS

4
Burnout Ministers
  • Adventist Ministers Study 2007
  • 1/3 have experienced periods of depression caused
    by their work.
  • 1/3 report feeling lonely and isolated.

5
Need To Grow Leaders
  • A churchs growth is limited by its ability to
    grow leaders.
  • Praying for more leaders who will step up and
    take more responsibility for reaping the harvest.

6
Elders Training Day Outline
  1. Pastoral leader who builds community.
  2. Facilitates pastoral care.
  3. Multiply group communities
  4. Disciple making leader

7
1. Pastoral Leadership
  • Elder as a Pastoral team leader
  • Driven by Christian Values
  • Builder of spiritual community
  • Key leaders Team

8
Pastoral Leadership
  • Tend the flock of God which is among you,
    exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but
    willingly, according to the will of God nor yet
    for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind 1 Peter
    52 (ASV)

9
Characteristics of an Elder
  • ELDERS (1 Timothy 31-7 and Titus 16-9)
  • 1. blameless
  • 2. one woman man
  • 3. temperate
  • 4. sober-minded
  • 5. good behaviour
  • 6. hospitable
  • 7. able to teach
  • 8. not addicted to drink
  • 9. not violent
  • 10. not greedy
  • 11. gentle
  • 12. not quarrelsome
  • 13. not covetous
  • 14. rules house well
  • 15. children obedient
  • 16. not a novice
  • 17. good testimony
  • 18. believing children
  • 19. not self-willed
  • 20. not quick-tempered
  • 21. lover of good
  • 22. just
  • 23. holy
  • 24. self-controlled
  • 25. hold fast to the Word
  • 26. able to exhort

10
Characteristics of an Elder
  • ELDERS (1 Timothy 31-7 and Titus 16-9)
  • 1. blameless
  • 2. one woman man
  • 3. temperate
  • 4. sober-minded
  • 5. good behaviour
  • 6. hospitable
  • 7. able to teach
  • 8. not addicted to drink
  • 9. not violent
  • 10. not greedy
  • 11. gentle
  • 12. not quarrelsome
  • 13. not covetous
  • 14. rules house well
  • 15. children obedient
  • 16. not a novice
  • 17. good testimony
  • 18. believing children
  • 19. not self-willed
  • 20. not quick-tempered
  • 21. lover of good
  • 22. just
  • 23. holy
  • 24. self-controlled
  • 25. hold fast to the Word
  • 26. able to exhort

11
Todays Elder
  • Most elders are not leading anyone.
  • Their primary function is limited to assisting
    the pastor by sitting on the church board and
    other committees.
  • The majority of elders struggle to visit members.

12
The Role of an Elder
  • The elders and those who have leading places in
    the church should give more thought to their
    plans for conducting the work. They should
    arrange matters so that every member of the
    church shall have a part to act, that none may
    lead an aimless life, but that all may accomplish
    what they can according to their several ability.
    . . . Ellen White REVIEW AND HERALD, MAY 29, 1888

13
Shared Leadership - Jethro
  • Jethro advised that men be appointed to act as
    "rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds,
    rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." These
    were to be "able men, such as fear God, men of
    truth, hating covetousness." They were to "judge
    the people at all seasons," thus relieving Moses
    of the wearing responsibility of giving
    consideration to many minor matters that could be
    dealt with wisely by consecrated helpers. AA 92

14
Pastoral Leader
  • The elders key role is to build a welcoming and
    nurturing community cell, spiritual family,
    team, class-group within the church that
    reaches out to the lost.

15
Case Study Horsham
  • Hi Rob,
  •   Here is a testimony to the effectiveness of NCD
    and other influences - some records for the past
    15 months.
  •  Average attendances 2nd quarter 2009 - 32
  •                                  3rd quarter
    2009  - 44
  •                                  4th Quarter
    2009  - 47
  •                                  1st quarter 
    2010  - 54
  •                                  2nd quarter 2010
    -  63
  •          Exciting to see - we are aiming to hit
    an average of 100 people before the end of 2011.
  •                        - Andrew Wilson.

16
Romans 12 9-13
  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil cling
    to what is good. Be devoted to one another in
    brotherly love. Honor one another above
    yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep
    your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be
    joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful
    in prayer. Share with Gods people who are in
    need. Practice hospitality.

17
Early Church
  • the remarkable explosion of Christianity in the
    first century was due not only to proclamation of
    the gospel, but to the extraordinary quality of
    Christian hospitality. Mortimer Arias (Soul
    Feast Marjorie J Thompson)

18
Exercise Leadership
  • Share with your partner
  • Who are you currently responsible for and what
    leadership are you providing?

19
What Followers Expect
  • Spirit Lead

20
Spirit Lead
  • When your will is in harmony with the divine
    will, you will be in harmony with one another.
    Ellen White Gospel Workers page 417

21
What Followers Expect
  • Honesty
  • Competence
  • Forward Looking
  • Inspiration (passion)
  • Credibility

22
Leadership Practices
  1. Challenge the process
  2. Inspire a shared vision
  3. Enable others to act
  4. Model the way, and
  5. Encourage the heart.


23
Rate Your Leadership Practice
  • Challenge the process.. 12345678910
  • Inspire a shared vision.. 12345678910
  • Enable others to act 12345678910
  • Model the way, and 12345678910
  • Encourage the heart 12345678910
  • In pairs share your rating and coach each other
    in ways to improve your lowest score.


24
Leaders Set the Culture
  • Your priorities become the priorities of the
    members.
  • How welcoming you are will set the bar for your
    churches inclusiveness.
  • Your tolerance of differences will rub off on
    others.
  • The level of caring you show to members is
    noticed by them.
  • Your presence is an indicator of your commitment.

25
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Darren Croft

26
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Visitation
  • Facilitating Pastoral care.
  • Pastoral care teams
  • Peer care
  • Social Gatherings
  • High care

27
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Visitation
  • Why?
  • Suggestions for How to make it work.
  • How could you incorporate visitation into your
    busy schedule?

28
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • How do People Belong?
  • Public Space
  • Social Space
  • Personal Space
  • Intimate Space

29
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral care teams
  • Visitation
  • Peer care
  • High care
  • Social Gatherings

30
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Class Groups
  • Provide the following
  • Pastoral care teams
  • Visitation
  • Peer care
  • Social Gatherings

31
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Class Groups
  • A possible Template
  • Meet Weekly
  • Monthly Social
  • Multiply
  • Apprentice
  • Outreach/Service

32
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • What about those not in small groups?
  • The importance of
  • Lists we keep of track of the important
  • Housekeeping
  • Communication

33
Facilitating Pastoral Care
34
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • How could you use class groups to improve
    pastoral care at your church?

35
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • What about High care
  • Dont run away
  • 2 x 2 principle
  • Communicate to the team
  • Dont be afraid to ask others to go if you cant

36
Facilitating Pastoral Care
  • Visitation
  • Facilitating Pastoral care.
  • Pastoral care teams
  • Peer care
  • Social Gatherings
  • High care

37
Group Leadership
  • Rob Steed

38
  • And all things are of God, who hath reconciled
    us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to
    us the ministry of reconciliation 2 Corinthians
    518

39
Group Leadership
  • Inviting People into community.
  • Creating a Spiritual Family.
  • Facilitate leadership of a group.
  • Becoming a holistic group.
  • Multiply your group.

40
Inviting People Into Community
Visiting for a purpose.
41
Inviting People into Community
  • We dont just visit to invite people back to
    church.
  • We visit to build relationships and to invite
    people into our lives.
  • The small group is the safest place for newcomers
    and former members to be introduced to the church.

42
Connecting With The Lost
  • It is through the social relations that
    Christianity comes in contact with the world.
    Ellen White GW page 480

43
Organizing into Teams
  • The work of the Lord's ambassadors is to organize
    companies of workers to hunt for the souls who
    need help." Ellen White Manuscript Vol 12 p240

44
Multiplying Principle
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son,
    and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
    everything I have commanded. And surely I am with
    you always, to the very end of the age. -
    Matthew 2818-20

45
A Multiplying Church
KEY INSIGHT...
Healthy churches grow and reproduce!
46
Multiply At Three Levels
47
Group Structured Church
  • Cell churches on average are more healthy than
    other churches. Comparing the NCD scores of cell
    churches and non-cell churches showed that cell
    churches overall scored significantly higher in
    all areas than non-cell churches. (Christopher
    Schalk, NCD International 2002)

48
Identifying A Spiritual Family
  1. Department
  2. Visitation List
  3. Home Group
  4. Class-group

49
Transition Approach
50
Department Approach
  1. Deepen Relationship
  2. Attend Department Committee
  3. Visit each committee member
  4. Team/group Building
  5. Host social activities
  6. Spiritual Focus

51
Department Approach
  1. Add a spiritual sharing time to committee.
  2. Meet other times outside of committee.
  3. Outreach
  4. Involve others in ministry
  5. Mentor newcomers

52
Difficulties of Department
  1. Harder to include partners.
  2. Difficult to multiply core group.

53
2. Visitation Approach
  • Visit member list.
  • Take potential core members on visits.
  • Establish a core group.
  • Bring members together to socialize in small and
    large groups.
  • Encourage members to invite others to socials and
    small group.
  • Identify apprentice leader.

54
Difficulties of Visitation
  1. Difficult to catch people home.
  2. Not a natural gathering of people in their
    networks.

55
3. Home Group Approach
  • Join an existing home group or start a new one
    from your member list.
  • Begin socially.
  • Add spiritual component as relationship grow.
  • Identify seekers from group members to work for.
  • Grow a new leader.
  • Multiply the group.

56
4. Class-group Approach
  1. Join an existing Sabbath School class.
  2. Work with the leader at developing the social
    life of the class.
  3. Identify non-attenders, former members, group
    member seeker friends and invite to group
    socials.
  4. Meet during the week in a home.
  5. Develop a new leader.
  6. Multiply the group.

57
Advantage of Class-group Approach
  1. Natural assimilation of newcomers into church
    community.
  2. Relationship building is accelerated because the
    group meets at least twice a week.
  3. The Sabbath School group meeting time provides a
    stability to group life.
  4. Growth tends to be faster.

58
Exercise Your Approach
  • Department
  • Visitation List
  • Home Group
  • Class-group
  • Share with your partner
  • Which of the four different approaches for
    creating a spiritual community will you use or
    are using?

59
Multiplying Group Life
60
What is A Group?
  • At least two people.
  • Common purpose.
  • Committed to work together.

61
What Does Group Life Look Like?
  • Phone calls
  • Emails
  • Weekends away
  • Birthdays
  • Invites
  • Risk taking
  • Sharing
  • Being together
  • Welcoming
  • Chats
  • Prayer
  • Phone calls
  • Emails
  • Weekends away
  • Visits
  • Birthdays
  • Invites
  • Risk taking
  • Sharing
  • Being together
  • Welcoming
  • Chats
  • Food
  • Bible Study
  • Housekeeping
  • Outings
  • Inclusive
  • Breakfasts
  • Pastoral care
  • Hospitality

62
Ideal Group
  1. Is lead by an elder and apprentice(s).
  2. Meets Sabbath morning in Sabbath School and once
    a week in a home.
  3. Has a nominated pastoral care coordinator and
    hospitality host.
  4. Has a very active social life.
  5. Its members are seeker focussed.
  6. Newcomers are mentored by a group member.
  7. Members are exercising their spiritual gifts.
  8. Their is an expectation to multiply.

63
Core Members
  • First task is to obtain commitment from two or
    three others.
  • From the core an apprentice leader will arise.
  • Divide the core when multiplying.
  • Look after your core members.

64
Fringe Becomes Core
65
Multiply For Growth
  1. Multiply sooner than latter.
  2. Each multiplication produces another leader.
  3. Each multiplication creates another community for
    newcomers to join.

66
Additional Resources
Sabbath School Maximiser
Group Facilitation Skills Manual
http//vicpastors.adventist.org.au/
67
Disciple Making Leader Acts 1123-26
  • Darren Croft

68
Disciple Making Leader
  • Facilitate mentoring of newcomers (new
    Christian).
  • Create opportunities for testing and developing
    gifts.
  • Oversee the learning of the newcomer.
  • Involve the newcomer in discipling others.

69
Group Mentoring
  • It is important that a newcomer is mentored by a
    person who is mature in the faith.
  • It is preferable for the mentor to be a person
    who is not close to the newcomer.
  • The more friendships
  • - the better.

70
Group Mentoring
  • 3. The mentor should be a person from within the
    class-group they attend.
  • 4. The elder should have regular coaching session
    with the Mentor.

71
Mentor The Newcomer
  1. Spiritual disciplines
  2. Christian life style
  3. Biblical understanding
  4. Assimilation
  5. Faith Sharing
  6. Development of their own gifts and ministry.
  7. Discipling another

72
Mentor The Newcomer
  • What does an assimilated church member look
    like?
  • Knowledge
  • Participation
  • Friendships
  • Commitment
  • Giving
  • .............................

73
Shape of A Servant
  • Spiritual Gifts
  • Heart
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Experiences

74
Ministry Development in Group
  • The Have a go principle!
  • The class-group is an important support for
    newcomers in developing their gifts.
  • Group members can give feedback and suggestion
    for exploring their gifts.

75
Ministry Development in Group
  • The group is a good place to give newcomers
    opportunities to minister.
  • Group members are important in encouraging
    newcomers in their ministry development.

76
Study Program
  • Tools to use
  • Bible Studies teachings beliefs
  • Bible Studies
  • Bible Books
  • Growing as a Christian
  • Small Groups
  • Friends
  • Mentors eg Barnabas

77
Learning Opportunities
  • Spiritual Gifts Seminar
  • Faith Sharing Opportunities
  • Life related Seminars
  • Christian Marriage Seminar
  • Parenting Seminars, etc
  • Bible Seminars
  • Bible Books
  • Learning how to read the Bible
  • Small Groups, etc
  • Mentors

78
Original Role
  • In the common walks of life there is many a
    toiler patiently treading the round of his daily
    tasks, unconscious of latent powers that, roused
    to action, would place him among the worlds
    great leaders. The touch of a skillful hand is
    needed to arouse and develop those dormant
    faculties. Counsels to Parents, Teachers and
    Students p511

79
A Mentoring Relationship
  • THE TASKS
  • OF A
  • MENTOR

80
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 1. A MENTOR
  • LISTENS

81
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 2. A MENTOR
  • INTERCEDES

82
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 3. A MENTOR
  • MODELS

83
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 4. A MENTOR
  • TEACHES

84
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 5. A MENTOR
  • SETS THE PACE

85
SIX THINGS A MENTOR DOES
  • 6. A MENTOR
  • INVOLVES THE
  • Mentee WITH
  • OTHER CHRISTIANS

86
Urgency of Mentoring Youth
87
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A Mentoring Relationship
  • Who could you mentor in your class group,
    department or church?

89
Your Ministry Plan
  • Rob Steed

90
Being A Passionate Leader
  1. Comes from having a relationship with God
  2. Is found in service.
  3. Grows from understand who we are.
  4. Is a fruit of empathy for the lost.
  5. Is caught by hanging out with people with passion.

91
Your Elder Ministry Development Plan
  • Specific
  • What specifically will you be doing differently?
  • Measurable
  • How will you know you are achieving this?
  • Attractive
  • How attractive is this to you? How committed are
    you?
  • Realistic
  • How realistic is this?
  • Time-framed
  • What is the expected time frame?

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Contact and Download
  • http//vicpastors.adventist.org.au/
  • robsteed_at_adventist.org.au
  • dcroft_at_adventist.org.au
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