ministry

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Collaborating with God

When Paul wrote that church leaders were to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Eph 4:12), he used the word KATARTISMOS. This word had a wide range of nuances, including: to complete, furnish, mend, repair, fit out, prepare, strengthen, and perfect.* Church leaders are to help God’s people complete or fulfill their priestly function (1 Peter 2:9). They are to furnish them with the tools necessary to carry out that ministry. Sometimes, they…

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Jethro’s Leadership Legacy

We find one of the greatest examples in history of equipping leadership in the book of Exodus. You may be familiar with the story as an example of delegation, but it is much more than that. It is a great example of equipping people for ministry. Moses had been serving as judge for the entire nation of the ancient Hebrews, personally handling every case brought before him. When Jethro, his father-in-law, saw what was going…

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What Is An Equipping Leader?

Equipping Leaders enable people to fulfill their ministry. This requires that the leader provide whatever is within his or her power to encourage and invite that latent ABILITY to come to the surface. Equipping leaders have developed a talent for detecting leadership potential in others. They are always looking for high potential people. They see their role not just as maintenance in the form of keeping people happy and making sure everything runs smoothly. Instead,…

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Cultivating Ministry Capacity

Indirect leadership is more suited for this generation than the old models of command-and-control. Here are recommendations for using indirect influence to cultivate a church that expands the ministry capacity of its members. 1. Develop a Culture of Growth. Turn your church into a center for capacity expansion. Inspire people to improve themselves. Don’t focus on where you are today; focus on what you will be. Jesus knew of the many flaws in the character…

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The Bible on Leadership?

My good buddy Scott Yorkovich said something to me a week or two ago that turned a switch in my thinking (funny how that happens). He said he was realizing that most of today’s “leadership” theories and literature are contrary to a biblical understanding of leadership (Scott, I hope I’m accurately reflecting what you said). He didn’t give me any details about what he meant (but did promise me we would talk about it soon),…

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  • Galatians 5:16 January 16, 2022
    “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
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