Friday, October 11, 2013

The "What" and "How" of Ministry

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-12
I've been around the church culture and in ministry long enough to realize that in ministry one is always told the "what" of ministry, but not often told the "how." This carries over further into the entire body of Christ as most know that they are called to evangelize and make disciples, but often the how of doing those things are left out. This is the reason that when I am having a meeting with the group of church planters that I am pouring into we take time to learn the "what" but we also practice the "how."

Our basis is the great commission, but instead of camping out on the great commission passage only, I also equip them with the tools to do the ministry and we also as a group practice the how. That means that I give them tools to share the gospel, we practice with one another, and then I send them out to do the real thing. I give them short-term and long-term discipleship tools. These guys not only know that they are to baptize, but we practice baptisms. Most often these are done in the room where we are meeting, but just this week we went down to the near by river and every single guy had the opportunity to practice baptizing one of the other guys. Instead of learning that we are to teach from the Bible and hold one another accountable, we actually practice how to prepare a lesson and then how to teach it.

Really what I am doing with these guys is developing them as leaders. On some level they are already leaders, but I am helping develop them further through equipping them for ministry. Practically this looks similar to the five steps of leadership development given by Dave and Jon Ferguson in their book Exponential

The Five Steps of Leadership Development
1. I do. You Watch. We talk.

2. I do. You help.

3. You do. I help.

4. You do. I watch. We talk.

5. You do. Someone else watches. 

So if you are one in an equipping role make sure that you are not only giving the people the "what" but also intentionally give and show them the "how."

1 comment:

  1. I don't think we often enough practice this. No one has ever done this with me, but I'm trying to do this with my kids. My oldest son is in stage 3 going into to stage 4 and my younger two kids are both on stage 2.

    I think the typical practice is when a leader is sought for a position, those seeking look around for someone who looks like they could do the job and put them in place instead of cultivating leaders intentionally beforehand.