Apostolic Leadership calls for… Soul Winning Navigating Change Discipling Leaders Community Involvement Church Networking
Soul Winning Easum: Only way for churches under 500 to grow – pastors lead people to Jesus. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 What is the gospel? How do we share it? What are ways we follow up with converts? What about our schedule prevents us from doing the work of an evangelist? What about our personality prevents us from doing the work of an evangelist?
Navigating Change In US study of pastoral leadership, only 18% of pastors offered a new idea to leaders in past 12 months. Ammerman In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food... So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:1-6 What conditions in your community are different now than five or ten years ago? What conditions in your church are different? What do you see happening over the next several years if the trends continue? What are you going to do about it?
Community Involvement It’s spelled “s e r v i c e” NOT “s e r v e u s” Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’... ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:33-40 If your church disappeared who would notice? What is a real need in your community that is not being met, and that you could realistically impact? What percentage of your church and personal resources are engaged in “serve us” verses “service”?
Discipling Leaders Leadership is the strategic priority of the FMC (Vision 2000) You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:1, 2 8% of those in ministry were influenced in that direction through formal education, 80% through personal influencer. Who are you telling, showing, coaching, encouraging and empowering to lead? How do you identify a potential leader?
Leadership Identification Commission on Leadership Development (FMCNA) Someone already leading. Someone indicating an undetected or unfulfilled calling. Folks from outside FMC who would fit better with us. Folks who merit a second chance. Folks engaged in a clear “sweet spot” Unique or challenging but uncultivated or disempowered vision.
Church Networking Conferencing is a means of grace. John Wesley For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this fruit, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. Romans 15:26-28 Is it true that together we accomplish more than alone? If not, why not? If so, when and how? How can our connections be more fruitful? Given that all offerings mentioned in the New Testament were for the poor or kingdom expansion movements beyond the local congregation, how do we measure up?
Promoting Bold, Apostolic Leadership District Meetings Clearer standards for MEG Annual Goal Setting Coaching Training Opportunities Is there permission to shake the status quo? Is there guidance to do this well? Is there support when bold leadership is met with resistance? Youth risk without wisdom, elders risk rarely – where is the healthy BALD spot?