Calling: Focused Ministry
Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ...Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:11-16)
That's a familiar passage to most leaders in today's church. But how do you live that out in a solid, missional & Incarnational way? That's what Focused Minsitry, the second phase of the Leadership Multiplication Pathway, dives into.
Focused Ministry essentially involves each person finding their place in the body of Christ. Where do you fit? What do you have to contribute? How are you like others in the body? How about different? Complementary?
Finding the right fit in ministry requires far more than just taking a spiritual gifts test and joining a team. Ministry is much more creative than that, and has so many different applications.
Ministry that is truly focused—in line with individual gifting and God’s desires for his people—comes about by first jumping into ministry, then reflecting and assessing. Not the other way around. That sounds counter-intuitive, but it's not. Notice the order:
- Ministry involvement
- Gift discovery
- Focused ministry
Imagine whole groups of people within your ministry engaging in this process in this order. What new initiatives might be started? What new resources might be tapped into? What new possibilities could be created?
Not everyone is called to move on to the next phase--Effective Leadership--but you might be!
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