Interactive, Balanced Church Body Life
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   or cell group be dynamically interactive...
Eloquent teachers can stifle the interactive participation and "teaching one another" that Col. 3 and other New Testament passages require, keeping  believers from edifying one another. Healthy groups have much laughing, tears, praying for each another, planning what to do during the week, and recounting what folks did that they had been planned during the previous meeting.

Let an experienced mentor help you develop interactive groups: George Patterson

Get help to develop women's work: Debbie O'Connor
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Mentor and Multiply
Interactive Training Workshop. Outline (download freely)

Vital Ministries Checklist. MS Word - HTM Make sure your church or cell group is doing all the activities that God requires in the New Testament of a group of believers.

Dialogue. Teach using interactive, biblical alternatives to exclusive use of monologue

Reach your city with home groups: Mikel Neumann's research in several continents.

Develop Christian community. Interactive groups obey Jesus.

Guidelines for starting small groups.

Helpful, healthy activities for cells

Developing a cellular church body: Form small churches within a larger congregation.

What to do with kids during worship. Let them know they're an important part of the church body.

Let children participate more actively. Let older children evangelize, disciple and lead younger ones, and take a more active part in congregational activities, doing serious ministry.

Spiritual gifts: biblical models. Use God-given gifts in different ministries. To discern believers' gifts, let them compare themselves to Bible characters that demonstrated different gifts.

Balance and interaction in the Body of Christ 74_Integrating Ministries in the Body

Balanced Trinity Triangle (Diagram, for more powerful discipling)
  • Maintain balance between the different aspects of discipling
  • Visualize how essential dimensions of church life derive from corresponding dynamics within the Holy Trinity
  • Help leaders disciple in a way that balances...
                  loving relationships
                        participation in ministry
                              application of the Word.
  • Develop the same harmony between these three vital activities that exists within the Trinity. Balanced Ministry Triangle

'One another' commands in the New Testament
Practice reciprocal service: loving interaction in the body of believers. The 'one anothers' include: forgive one another, admonish one another, bear one another's burdens, confess faults to one another, and many more.

Help volunteer workers stay on the job
Avoid the problem that some leaders complain, about, "I cannot depend on volunteer workers; they help for a while, then something else comes up and the work is left undone." Find why volunteers stop working and how to avoid the common causes, which might not be what you are thinking.

Rust removers. Renew rusty organizational structures and out-of-date church bureaucracy.

For more about balanced church life, see also...
   Churches serve each other
   Integrate relief and development with other vital ministries
Key ministries can be done two ways, light and heavy.  . Both can be biblical, depending on needs, culture, current conditions and a church's maturity.
Keep your flock "young" by keeping God's work light. This star shows ways of doing tasks that you need to keep in a wise, healthy proportion:
See how to balance the activities in the star: Balance Vital Ministries
See the same star with more detailed explanation of its icons: STAR
Balance exists eternally in God, between the Persons of the Trinity. A devout relationship with God brings this balance into our churches and our lives:
The Father's loving authority creates the foundation
for all relationships.
The Word made flesh (Jesus)
  revealed the Father and
     submitted to His authority.
       Jesus is our model for
          loving service.
By the Spirit's power, the written word also takes on flesh as we apply it in our lives and ministries.
spontaneous, do as needed
mainly by volunteer lay workers
often sloppy but with good effect
normal in spreading movements
many New Testament examples
programmed, done steadily
mainly by paid professionals
usually done skillfully
common in static denominations
biblical, but with less emphasis
small flocksbig flock
mentoring "chains"
paid staff 
networking among friends
media and large meetings
folks with diverse gifts serve each other in a group
compartmentalized organization
experience the Presence of the Risen Christ
learn truths about Him
Good interaction and a balanced church body
go  together, or else you'll have neither.