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Future Church: Equipping Group Members to Pastor

By Paul Wilkinson Pastor Mike has been saying for the entirety of 2017 that the time is coming soon when we will be called to pastor our neighborhoods and house churches as opposed to expecting unbelievers to come to a centralized institution. We, as LIFE Group leaders, are crucial in this endeavor. What Mike cannot do when speaking to a couple thousand people, we can do speaking to a couple dozen people. We have the opportunity to train and equip … Continue reading

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