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

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]

The Christmas Story in Order

In last week’s sermon notes I (Rick Leineweber at Virginia Beach Missional Church) included a list of Scripture passages that put the events of the Christmas story in consecutive order. One of the traditions that we have established as a family is to read the Christmas story in chronological order every year. It’s lots of fun and it has helped us stay focused on the reason for the season. When our children were younger they would take the nativity figures and move them around to act out the wonderful story of Christ’s birth as we read. You can read it together as a family in one sitting or read a couple of sections each day in preparation for Christmas. If you own a Harmony of … Continue reading

You Have a Calling

A priest is sometimes described as one who represents God to the earth and the earth to God. But the reality is that that was the original job description of the human race. We were made in God’s image to continue his work of making the earth to flourish and then, by our flourishing, to give voice for the whole earth to praise God. All work was designed by God to be priestly work. It is not just professional clergy or missionaries who are called by God. The scholar N. T. Wright has a wonderful image of this: “Picture human beings as mirrors set at a forty-five degree angle between heaven and earth. We were created to reflect God’s care and dominion to the earth, … Continue reading