Staff Renewal and Vision

On May 7 the staff got together to discuss the impact of our days of renewal, in hopes of embracing a compelling vision, or at least that we will begin the formation of a vision of “the next” for King’s Grant. Here are a few of my notes and thoughts… If we are to be an equipping culture, we must decide if we are equipping people for a task/event or equipping them for a ministry (unleashing them for kingdom service). Let’s remind ourselves of the working diagram for our renewal time: When we speak of the kingdom, we are meaning the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of our people. This is why we exist, to equip believers for the work of service … Continue reading

The Unity of the Faith

Our passage today was from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church (Ephesians 4:11-13), regarding the Minister’s Goal. There are Five Functions Listed (Ephesians 4:11) Apostles – Ephesians 4:11 – divinely appointed representatives Prophets – Ephesians 4:11 – proclaimers of God’s Word Evangelists – Ephesians 4:11 – bearers of the good news Pastor and Teachers – Ephesians 4:11 – caretakers for God’s people (these are listed as one office with two functions – notice the natural bonding of these two in the text) The Nature of these Five Functions (Ephesians 4:11) Some are gifted to deal with situations Apostles – to guide the church in ways it ought to go Prophets – to guide the church in what it ought to know Some are gifted to deal with sinners – evangelists Some are … Continue reading

We Do Not Lose Heart

Today we read through 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 in order to glean insight from Paul on our commitment for ministry. First, I noticed the WE statements: We have renounced – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – disgraceful, underhanded ways We refuse – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – to practice cunning or tamper with God’s Word We would commend – 2 Corinthians 4:2 – ourselves to everyone’s conscience We proclaim – 2 Corinthians 4:5 – not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord We possess – 2 Corinthians 4:7 – this treasure in earthen vessels We are – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, struck down We have – 2 Corinthians 4:13 – the same spirit of faith We believe – 2 Corinthians 4:13 We speak – 2 Corinthians 4:13 We do not lose heart – 2 Corinthians 4:1, … Continue reading

Personal and Public Renewal

Today the staff focused on a passage of Scripture this morning and had a great discussion; Acts 4:1-13. The title was the Minister’s Devotional Life, focusing on the phrase, “if we are being examined,” from the life of Peter and John before the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The first reading was to focus on a key word or phrase in relation to our personal life, then another reading through the passage focusing on what this might mean for our corporate life at King’s Grant. Here are a few of my observations before we discussed the passage: Anger – Acts 4:1-2 Arrest – Acts 4:3 Addition – Acts 4:4 Answer – Acts 4:10 Another broad outline for this section could be: Problems – Acts 4:1-4 – … Continue reading

Church With an Equipping Culture

A Church with an Equipping Culture is… Being diligent to work together as a unified team (Ephesians 4:1-6) Doing spiritual gift assessment, affirmation & placement (Ephesians 4:7-10) Expecting its staff to be Equippers rather than “the Ministers” (Ephesians 4:11) Releasing its members to do the “work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) Seeing people become more like Christ (Ephesians 4:13) Producing new converts who are becoming doctrinally sound (Ephesians 4:14) Speaking the truth in love to one another (Ephesians 4:15) Experiencing growth through every member contributing (Ephesians 4:16) [Based on my classes with Richard D. Leineweber, Jr. c. 2000]