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Training week and Teams

Our Equip Ministry training week is nearly here! We’d love you to check out the options, and register today.

One of our key strategies at St Michael’s is to equip generations of believers for ministry. Under this heading, we have three leadership principles:

  • Initiative in leadership and use of gifts by members;
  • Training disciple-makers to speak the truth in love to one another and beyond;
  • Partnering with and sending workers for global mission, until Jesus returns.

This week, there are seminars available that will help you to grow in each of these areas- the use of gifts, both on Sundays (upfront and behind the scenes) and through the week; being equipped to share the gospel of Jesus with others; and involvement and partnering with global mission. I particularly commend you to the training sessions led by our friends D&L. They know our context well (D grew up here) and are terrific communicators with great ministry experience.

As we return to having five services meeting on-site, there is a great need for people to serve. There are many opportunities- if you’re not sure, or you’re new and would like to be involved, ask a member of staff or email our office. There are sessions to help you learn or grow in using the sound desk and easy worship (useful if you haven’t done it before, or you’re rusty after a six-month break) as well as leading services or leading prayers. If you think you might be interested, sign up and do the training and chat to us!

You may have heard some talk about teams for our Sunday ministries. Some of our services are transitioning to a teams approach to ministries rather than rosters. The goal of this is really to bring our practice of Sunday ministry in link with our theological convictions, that is, the aim to serve God’s people out of love, rather than to complete a task!

We think that both the desire to serve out of love and the desire to see people using their gifts will be best achieved by having people committed to serving the body of Christ with what they have been given, as part of a ministry team, rather than just fill slots on rosters. It validates the ministry of serving on Sundays as an act of love.

As we return to five live Sunday meetings in various forms, we have a one-off opportunity to challenge and transform the way we think about Sunday ministry. Rather than try to populate rosters, we would aim to build teams that seek to serve others.

The details will be worked out differently for each congregation, but the principles include:

  • Having a team leader(s) for each ministry team
  • In general, we would ask people to have a greater commitment to one ministry (or two), rather than be rostered each week for a different ministry.
  • The benefit to those serving would be relational (within the team as they serve/pray together) as well as an increased satisfaction through greater commitment to the ministry, and greater autonomy as a team in how the ministry is done.
  • The benefit to the ministry overall would come from deeper commitment and greater ownership on the part of those serving, with commitment to the outcome, not just the task.

Change is hard. We have seen plenty of it this year. God has cared for his people here and provided for us through the ministry of many. As we return to gathering, it’s not ‘normal’. But what is unchanged is God’s work to grow the church, the body of Christ, by the teaching of the truth and our service of one another.

Stacey Chapman
Assistant Minister

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