Monthly Archives: August 2017

Base Role and Ministry Stretching

By Paul Wilkinson Mike Breen offers a helpful analysis of our development in our ministry roles in his book Building a Discipling Culture. He argues that we are each hardwired with a base ministry but that, over time, the Lord stretches us to learn other ministry functions for the sake of having larger and larger kingdom impact. The model looks like this: I’ve shared with you my personal diagram. My base role is pastoral, meaning that I enjoy, receive energy … Continue reading

Fivefold Ministry Pentagon

By Paul Wilkinson Mike Breen in Creating a Discipling Culture offers a helpful image of the fivefold ministry. In addition, he highlights the consequences of immaturity in each role. I share these ideas with you because, in understanding these roles, we can do two things: empower our group members to fulfill their calling in Christ and maintain unity in the body by not forcing our role on someone else. The definitions come from page 25 of Spiritual Leadership by Jeff … Continue reading

Raising Up Leaders

By Paul Wilkinson These are two short but packed articles about the context for raising up leaders AND how to go about raising up leaders in our groups. During this season of emphasis on Spiritual Leadership and “Leading Well”,  meditate on your “aquarium” status and pray about who the Spirit might be calling you to invest in over the next few months.