Short and Long-Term Experiences and Consulting for Deepening Discipleship, Empowering the Ministry of All Christians, and Charting Hope-Filled Futures for Individuals and Churches
Equipping Ministry: The Ministry of All
A minister or missioner is not a particular kind of designated religious person or professional. Every person is a particular, uniquely gifted kind of co-missioner or lover of people.
This according to the Apostle, Paul, as he explains to the church in Ephesus 4:7, 12, "to each of us grace has been given...to equip the saints for the work of service."
The process of "equipping ministry" in faith communities is one of helping people name their passions for others and the needs of others, and identifying their spiritual gifting and other resources of life experience and relationships to help meet those needs. It's about discovering new eyes to see the needs around you. It's about seeking partners, not permission.
And, equipping ministry is about shifting your community culture from one of "membership" to one of servanthood.
Faithful Futuring: Possible Church
For churches wanting to renew and refresh their vision and mission. Using some tools from the "Now I See" experience and from a model for faithful futuring I learned while doing my D.Min. at Drew, we will seek new eyes to see God's preferred future for your congregation.
Through this interactive experience, which includes worship, music, and "metaphoraging" ( a word coined by worship designer and trainer Marcia McFee) we'll get in the Spirit together and begin the process of charting the course forward for your church.
Timeframes include a day apart with the whole church or with church leaders, a weekend at the church or a retreat center near you, and possible follow-up coaching and consulting to help implement and realize your vision. Schedule an exploratory conversation or try an email exchange to "possible church" together.
The Wesleyan Way: An Adult Confirmation(ish) Experience
The Wesleyan Way is a refresher course on the unique place of Methodism among the many Christian tribes. It celebrates the best of Wesleyan theology and practice with emphasis on John Wesley's "Scheme of Grace" and accountable discipleship through small groups. Topics include a Wesleyan take on "free will" as contrasted with that of John Calvin and "the ministry of all Christians."
The experience can fit within a weekend or over four weekly gatherings, usually in the evenings. The Wesleyan Way will be offered at Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC November 11-13, 2022. I can bring the experience to church or to a cluster of churches that want to combine resources.
Contact me for details.