Resources e-letter 15:6 - December 2015
Two new sets of Training Notes are profiled in this issue. TN90, Put someone in charge, argues the case for giving certain church members responsibility for wide areas of ministry. TN91, An MOT for disciples of Jesus, take the idea of review or appraisal and applies it to us all as disciples.
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NEW: ‘Put someone in charge’
We are used to the idea of one church member taking overall responsibility for church finances. This is the Church Treasurer.
These notes make a case for extending this idea to other broad areas of ministry in churches of all sizes so that one person has overall responsibility. You would then have a team of workers under a leader rather than a committee of talkers. There is a worked example for church communications. Other ideas suggested include:
- visitor care and integration;
- every-member ministry;
- outreach and service;
- employment of staff.
The notes list seven advantages of this idea, followed by seven potential dangers. They also raise the issue of accountability.
Training Notes TN90, Put someone in charge, are now on the Training Notes page within the Resources section of the website.
NEW: ‘An MOT for disciples of Jesus’
These notes take the principle of review or appraisal and apply it to Christian discipleship.
There are fourteen tests, each with sample Bible verses followed by four questions. The idea is for this to act as a challenging review within a prayer triplet or similar group. These are the tests:
Training Notes TN91, An MOT for disciples of Jesus, are now on the Training Notes page within the Resources section of the website. The end of one year and the start of the next might just be an ideal moment to review our own discipleship. But why not use it throughout your church?
There’s lots more on the website too. It’s updated two or three times a week so do have a good look round over the break. Thank you for your interest in it.