Excellence in in disciple making ministry is intentional.  Having a clear big picture of the ministry expectations allows the team members to attend to the various details.  The clearer the expectations the better team members can focus on attending to mission critical tasks and execute synchronized ministry.

 

Evangelism ministry team needs to have assurance that the hospitality team is ready to receive visitors, the facilities team will have clear signage, that the worship team will be ready to lead people into the presence of God and that the follow up team will visit and call the visitor.   This is one example of synchronized ministry. 

 

Each ministry team focuses on the details of their ministry that produce a support system for the other ministries to operate with excellence.  Every congregation needs a plan in order to accomplish synchronized ministry.  This plan should include

  • A system to attract, minister to and connect visitors to the ministry
  • A system to communicate the mission, vision and bedrock values of the church
  • A system of leadership training and spiritual formation for the leadership team

 

 Team leaders need to communicate to their team members about the several things

  • How effective we have or have not been as a team
  • Possible pitfalls to avoid as a ministry
  • Clear articulation of what excellence looks like in our ministry
  • The value of individual ministry gifts and they function effectively to compliment the ministry gifts of other team members
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Preaching from the Center
October 24 – 27
Albuquerque, NM


This year, Preaching from the Center is held in conjunction with Blessed to be a Blessing, the 40th Anniversary Convocation of the Christian Educator’s Fellowship of the United Methodist Church.

While each of the two events is self-contained, those who register for either Preaching from the Center or the Christian Educator’s Conference may attend sessions in the other event. Parts of both events, like Bible Study, worship, fellowship, meals, and evening celebrations will take place together. This is a unique opportunity for church leaders in pastoral ministry and Christian education to come together for training, continuing education, inspiration and fellowship.

Leadership Institute 2008

Church of the Resurrection
October 2-3, 2008

Leadership—it’s vital to any church that seeks to serve faithfully in building God’s Kingdom.  Leadership in a world of constant change requires a steady flow of new ideas built on solid principles. In today’s world, leadership is defined by the imperative to innovate, improve, change–or die!

Now in its 10th year, the Leadership Institute is a powerful source of creative ideas, hope, and renewal for mainline church leaders from around the country.  In just 18 years, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown to serve more than 15,000 members and continues to be one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States.  Every fall, the Leadership Institute defines leadership by sharing new ministry concepts that are practical, proven and applicable to ministry settings of all sizes—based on Resurrection’s own ministry work and innovations during the previous year.  Resurrection’s innovative staff members share what’s working, pitfalls to avoid, and specific, practical ideas for how you can apply these ideas in your own ministry.

Definition of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ by the gracious working of God’s spirit, for the transformation of the world.

1. a process:

  • gradual, life-long movement, not single, momentous conversion
  • goes against grain of “quick-fix, instant results, Five Easy Steps” culture
  • draws us by God’s magnetic attraction, awakening our desire for God

2. of being conformed to the image of Christ:

  • Christ is the image of God made visible to us (Col.1:15)
  • image of Christ is pattern of human wholeness — we share God’s image (Gen.1:26)
  • God’s likeness feels strange since we are misshapen by images of worldly culture
  • the Christ image heals, renews, restores us
  • moves us from being centered in self to being centered in God

3. by the gracious working of God’s spirit:

  • we want to make things happen in our self-reliant culture
  • but cannot conform ourselves to Christ by own will power
  • we can open ourselves to gracious working of God’s spirit
  • the Spirit enables us to choose way of Christ over self-interest
  • grace helps us give reins of control to God and to cooperate with Spirit
  • we resist Spirit’s work because change in ideas/habits/ behaviors is scary
  • spiritual disciplines (practices) are ways of opening ourselves to grace

4. for the transformation of the world:

  • being like Christ means living in self-giving love
  • spiritual life not about “me” but about the world God loves
  • as we are conformed to Christ we embody more of God’s love for others
  • fruits of spiritual formation are compassion, patience, truthfulness, reconciliation
  • transformed persons are leaven for transforming the world

This definition adapts and expands Robert Mulholland’s work Invitation to a Journey (InterVarsity Press, 1993). Companions in Christ Training © 2004. All rights reserved.

This is the best definition of spiritual formation that I have found. I like it because it emphasizes the process. We can not take a class to learn to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We can not go on a weekend retreat and expect to be a fully mature follower of Jesus Christ. It is a reforming,re-engineering, realignment and repositioning of our core values that shapes our lives as disciples and allows us to live into the call to be completely devoted follows of Jesus Christ.

As a disciple of Christ my commitment to the community of faith will have priority over many of the culturally popular social trends. Soccer, football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and other sports practice schedules will not take priority over the gathering of the saints. Our family obligations will be aligned with the priority of small groups and worship. We can not make disciples in anyway shape or form but we can create an environment for men and women to grow.

Our faith communities must strive to be the most empowering, engaging, enlightening and the most significant high impact event of our members lives. This is the total life engagement precess that Jesus engaged with the disciples. They followed him around, observed his disciplines, participated in his life encounter groups with other “sinners” and eventually became the men who would carry the message to the world about our resurrected Savior.

Making disciples is about asking the question “How do we engage people’s lives?” rather than “How can we attract them to an event?”

Can the modern mainline church re-engineer its ecclesiastical culture from events and committees to life style engagement and the beloved community of God? Can the administration of the church be driven by technology and the life of the church center around meals, coffee, pray and studying the scripture? I believe the answer is yes but the resistance will be significant because the old way must be evaluated and then sentenced to death. Holding on to mediocrity in ministry is the enemy of excellence. Holding on to the past is the enemy of God’s vision and call to the future.