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Volume 61: Everyone in Ministry:  Inspiring Passion to Faithfully Grow, Learn and Serve

April 2019

This month’s E-LEAD has been coordinated by Anne Dooley, Senior Director of Discipleship Ministries, Christ UMC, Greensboro, NC. The theme is one of the top characteristics of leadership effectiveness as identified by Towers Watson. The focus for April is to Inspire passion and enthusiasm in others for spiritual development, discipleship, and outreach.  

(God) gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (CEB) 

So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

When he arrived and saw evidence of God’s grace, he was overjoyed and encouraged everyone to remain fully committed to the Lord. Acts 11:23 (CEB)

Pastors and ministry professionals pray, research, encourage, and sometimes push.……….we are cheerleaders in the faith, but so much more than that. As a long-time Christian educator and Discipleship Ministries Staff in a local church, I was first taught the importance of being an enabler in the faith.  That word has some negative connotations now.  Then we empowered in the faith.  And now we equip others for the ministry of the saints.  All good concepts -- vital ministry as we inspire others for spiritual development, discipleship, and outreach.

At my local church --- we have a term --- you have been volun”told”.  Usually this is well received, as we sometimes invite, and sometimes “tell” people what we think is a good pairing in ministry.  We do this, needing ministry shared in outreach and discipleship, thinking of people’s gifts and graces, and where they might best serve. Our folks often laugh, and then witness what ministry in discipleship and outreach can spring forth. Sometimes this method of equipping works at first.

Relationships are so important in ministry.  Sharing takes place during and through ministry, and as equipping and training is supplied.  The most important conversation in a church community can be “I C N U”  I see in you………...gifts that you have been given.  Then ministry can spring forth.

I do appreciate the analogy of us using a Watering Can --- we plant, with God’s guidance, we water and see what happens.  The Watering Can equips and encourages deep root growth, and then waits to see God’s holy work…….sometimes in the weeds, sometimes in the harvest, sometimes in the beauty. A Watering Can trains, equips, fertilizes, and then moves to another field, another garden.


Three articles from some who Plant & Water Very Well:

WHAT HAPPENED TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

By Rev. Dr. Jim Westmoreland. Pastor Emeritus, First United Methodist Church, Gastonia, NC

Take a look at ways we continue to provide TLC - Trust, Love, and Care.  This is vital as we water, grow deep disciples and equip servants in ministry...MORE


 LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS

By Becky Greene --- Director of Spiritual Formation, First UMC, Gastonia

Growing disciples that have deep roots requires strong relationships...MORE
 


 CREATING A CULTURE OF EXPECTATION

By Jill Alventosa-Brown, Pastor of Congregational Care & Older Adults, West Market UMC, Greensboro, NC

Jesus’ life and ministry set up the culture of expectation. We have a part in helping God’s kingdom be realized on earth… MORE


 

Go deeper into some roots below as we all continue God’s work as Cheerleaders, and as Watering Cans; Gardening for spiritual development, discipleship and outreach in God’s world!

OUTREACH SUCCESS BUILT ON DELIBERATE DISCIPLESHIP

By Jeff Campbell, Associate General Secretary of Strategic Programming at Discipleship Ministries.

Plan your Garden Well: Outreach Success is built deliberate discipleship...MORE


 9 THINGS THAT WORKED IN THE CHURCH A DECADE AGO THAT DON'T WORK TODAY

By Carey Nieuwhof

What needs to change in your Garden...new fertilizer?:  Sometimes tending to what has worked in the past doesn’t work any longer... MORE 


SEVEN REASONS WHY MOST CHURCH OUTREACH PROGRAMS FAIL

By Thom S. Rainer, founder, and CEO of Church Answers.

Plant and then weed:  Let’s focus outward to be missional congregations… MORE


ADAM HAMILTON ON HOW TO REACH THINKING PEOPLE, PLANTING ONE OF THE LARGEST MAINLINE CHURCHES IN THE WORLD, AND HOW TRADITION AND INNOVATION CAN CO-EXIST

By Carey Nieuwhof

Water and supply part-shade to many plants:  Adam Hamilton has become a respected spokesperson to many in the United Methodist Church. In this conversation, he shares ideas on how to reach thinking people, and how tradition and innovation can co-exist.MORE


TRANSITIONING A CHURCH TO BE MORE OUTWARDLY FOCUSED WITH JACK WARREN

By Rich Birch

Water a little differently:  Shift your focus, but remain internally healthy... MORE


Perhaps we can strive to be effective in ministry by being:
A Cheerleader
A Light
A Guiding Hand
An Explorer
A Watering Can!


 

Contact Kim Ingram to share your story of leadership development and learning (success or failures welcome!).


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PREVIOUS eLEAD TOPICS

Standing in the Gap (March 2019)

Encouragement is 51% of Leadership (February 2019)

Conflict Resolutions (January 2019)

Best of 2018 (December 2018)

Partnerships (November 2018)

Effective Leaders in Ministry (October 2018)

The Heart of Leadership - A Spiritual Bedrock(September 2018)

Equipping Leaders (August 2018) Agile Leadership (July 2018)

Cultural Disruption Strategies (June 2018)

Providing Leadership in Ministry with Millennials (May 2018)

The Politics of Preaching (April 2018)

Engaging and Impacting Community (March 2018)

Spiritual Care (February 2018)

Developing Self-Awareness (January 2018)

Best of 2017 (December 2017)

Investing in the Dream (November 2017)

People-ing The Dream (October 2017)

Vision and Leadership (September 2017)

Developing a Small Group Culture (August 2017)

Stepping Away for Formation, Renewal, and Growth (July 2017)

Starting on the Right Foot (June 2017)

Transitions (May 2017)

Creating the Culture You Desire (April 2017)

Missional Engagement (March 2017)

 
 
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