SERVE JESUS @ earth Revelation 2:19
|4 questions to ask:|
1) Is it Biblical in purpose and action?
2) Does it fulfill one or more of the basic purposes of the Church?
3) Are you being led by God, in His time, to perform this specific ministry work?
4) Will you lead in it?
|Excellence is about doing your best with a mind to excel tomorrow beyond what has been done today or yesterday. We encourage creativity and innovation in ministry, which suggests that mistakes will be made. Yet, we expect you to learn by your mistakes no matter how negative or positive the experience.|
practical guidelines for specific ministry works
COUNSELING an individual, couple or small group:
|Wise practice in personal counseling involves:|
1) Thoughtful & Careful Listening.
2) Measured reference to Bible texts which well apply.
3) Encouragement in patience [faith], hope & love.
4) Development of a plan to pray for needs revealed.
5) Offering of an opportunity to follow-up.
Argument, advice, positioning, rabbit trails, etc., generally work against needs presented by someone who is seeking counsel.
LEADERSHIP in a small group:
|Solid & effective leadership for Christians is accomplished in being led by God; confidently & accurately communicating heaven-sent faith, hope and love. Some common errors in small group/youth group leadership would be:|
1) Your own late arrival, or early departure.
2) Unexpectedly skipping welcome, introductions, or prayer.
3) More than 3 minutes taken for annoucements.
4) Begging, yelling and/or whining.
5) More than a momentary state of confusion, or even an obvious lack of preparation.
6) Failure to adequately give reference to applicable Bible text.
7) Failure to promptly arrive at the understood focus of your small group session.
8) Failure to positively & significantly challenge group perceptions.
9) Interjection of matters not pertinent to, or beyond the scope of, this group's focus.
10) Permitting yourself to become distracted by the words or actions of a few.
11) Lack of summary, or shortfall in support of your clear purpose.
12) Failure to provide & communicate practical application in what you have presented.
PRAYER in an assembled group:
|We come humbly before our God, with confidence that He hears us.|
Things to avoid while offering a prayer:
1) Multiple repetitions & re-statements.
2) Instructing God, or others.
3) Opinions or resolutions upon what will be best.
4) Review of doctrine, someone's performance, or for how things might have been.
5) Rushing before the throne of God; speedy entry, or hasty exits.
6) Verbally committing or provoking others to a specific course of action.
7) Condemnation, solicitation, indifference, impatience, confusion, etc.
PREACHING to an assembled group:
|The task to preach emerges in instruction from Christ [Matthew 10:7], and from the foolishness of God [I Corinthians 1:18-25].|
First and foremost, be led by God in your preaching (and in all that you do). A whole lot of advance preparation can soon come to serve as a distraction, against the voice of God through His Holy Spirit.
Personal ego has no place nor comfort when addressing others with the true gospel of God. Preaching which comes from God so invests everything in His message, and nothing in the messenger.
In the power of Christ, do not submit yourself for even a moment to the distractions which will surely come. (talking; nail clipping; crying or sobbing; people being seated or unseated; a book dropped, or other cacophany; technical faults in environmental conditions, lighting or sound, etc.)
Do not divert from the message God has given you; not for small talk, tabloid news, nor into any distraction of which you may be tempted to engage (i.e., moving or adjusting furniture or equipment, attempting to verbally address technical difficulties, making request for courtesy from an individual or from the crowd, etc.) All such things will be best addressed in advance and/or by other servants of God.
about using Sound Equipment & Lighting
1) Acts 19:33 records a reasonable means in bringing a gathered group of people to attention. By contrast: Portraying a ready impatience, disappointment, anger and/or the raising of one's voice (through the sound system) are NOT honorable actions to invite quiet and order.
2) Do consider for lighting and visual obstructions before beginning to speak. Thereafter, you need not wander into obscurity or darkness... unless that be your intent.
3) A microphone's height should be adjusted so as not to visually obstruct face or lips. Do not tap on microphones, nor perform impromptu checks of the sound system (i.e., "testing
", "Is this on?", "Can you hear me?", "I don't think this is on
"). Instead, position your voice six to ten inches from the front of a microphone (the distance of the span of your hand), speaking with forward projection over and past the top of the microphone, much as if that microphone is invisible to you.
4) If you will be moving about while delivering the message, use a wireless lapel-type microphone, or, possibly consider not using any microphone.
THE LORD'S SUPPER | COMMUNION:
|I Corinthians 11:23-33 provides us an outline for the Christian memorial to Christ of communion; or as it may be called, "The Lord's Supper". This passage, written by the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, should be studied and meditated upon alongside Matthew 26:19-30; Mark 14:12-26 & Luke 22:14-23.|
We observe the Lord's Last Supper with His disciples, as His memorial and our communion in celebration together with Him, and as part to our worship of God. The Hebrew Passover in Egypt pointed to the later sacrifice of Jesus Christ for sin. Indeed, Christ is said to be our Passover. [I Corinthians 5:7-8]
In preparing to do break bread and share in the cup, we are asked to each one examine himself/herself [I Corinthians 11:28-31] before partaking. There is no immediate obligation to partake of the bread and wine, save that we desire to do so in communion with, and in submission to, Christ. [I Corinthians 10:15-22; 11:24-25] Often, a passage from Corinthians (or, another applicable Bible text) will then be read aloud to those assembled, both as a reminder and for understanding. In The Lord's Supper, we remember His death for us; His body broken [the bread, broken], and His blood shed [the wine, drawn out from the fruit of the vine].
One or more brothers may serve the bread and wine for us (there are many possible variations in the serving), which has itself been prepared in advance for the memorial. The bread has been baked without leavening [yeast]. In assembly, a Christian partaking will break-away a small piece of the bread. The wine is served following the bread.
In participating to (ad)minister the service of the Lord's Supper, we encourage you to follow in the example & teaching from Matthew, Mark, Luke & Corinthians. Prayer is offered before the memorial, again before partaking of the bread, again before partaking of the wine; and, with prayer before or after a concluding hymn is sung with/by those assembled.