Jim Putman’s book called DiscipleShift is filled with great information. Here are a few quotes from my reading…

What we need in our churches today are fewer “Christians,” at least in today’s popular definition of the word. Now, I don’t want fewer saved people. Far from it. I want as many to be saved as possible. But the point is that fewer than we think are actually saved. What I want are full-fledged followers of Jesus Christ, and to produce that in our churches today, we need a radical shift. We need more of the engine that Jesus used to change the world, the engine he instructs us to use. This engine will not create perfect churches, but it will create effective churches. It’s relational discipleship.

The solution to our ineffectiveness as churches is to train people to be spiritually mature, fully devoted followers of Christ, and then in turn … [ Continue Reading ]

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 … [ 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 gifted to deal with the saints
  • Pastors – tending the flock of God
  • Teachers – teaching the flock of God
  • The Need for … [ 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 the Gospels the section numbers will be helpful but if you don’t you can just turn to the Bible passages. Enjoy!