III. EQUIPPING SAINTS – SPIRITUAL AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION
A. Ministry focus of mending and restoring
- To fix what is broken. Broken is when something cannot function according to its designed purpose. Disjointed or disconnected must be restored.
- Our ministry attitude must first be :
- We take you as you are. Grace is dispensed here.
- We pay attention to brokenness in lives of people. We mend, we pray, we counsel, we bring healing.
- We’re a restoring church. We restore people back to proper working order.
B. Ministry focus of preparing and training
- This can only take place after the individual has been properly healed, restored, fixed, and brought to a level of maturity that can handle the disciplines of taking responsibility for making disciples.
- We must allow people to discover their capacity, aptitudes and abilities for the work of ministry and then help them refine their skills.
- We must help people discover their spiritual gifts and allow them to develop and dispense these gifts. We are a training center. We desire to motivate and fan the flames of desire in people to discover and use their spiritual gifts.
- spiritual gifts tests
- methods of training for lay people: night schools, Saturday schools
C. Ministry focus of releasing and encouraging
- The Ephesians 4:12 passage clearly states that the saints should do, not just know the ministry. We must make room for all people to take the burden of ministry in the body and out from the body.
- The eldership, a pastoral ministry, must take the attitude of encouraging people as they develop their ministry gifts.
- modeling – I do it.
- mentoring – I do it and they are with me
- monitoring – They do it and I am with them
- multiplying – They do it and I am in the background
- equipped – They do it!