Use the chart on the next page as checklist, for
ministry development in new, or renewing, churches. Cell groups also should
practice these ministries or network with others who do so.
The first task of the pastoral mentor is to
listen to his apprentices, then to help them make plans and select studies
that meet the immediate needs of their churches and cells. However, needs that we perceive may not include all the activities
that the New Testament presents as normal for churches. Therefore, this chart
alerts us to opportunities to help our apprentices introduce and develop a
gamut of ministries in their churches, and the churches of those that the
apprentices train, including in different social and cultural groups.
When Paul urged Timothy to maintain a training
ministry (2 Tim. 2:2) with multiple levels, he qualified the subject areas as
the "things which you heard from me among many witnesses." We
understand that Paul meant to major on the majors, that is, to train new
pastors to lead their flocks into ministries that were common in the early
churches. To this day, biblically informed followers of Jesus return to the
apostolic epistles to find guidelines for their life and practice. In the
following table, we have tried to provide a summary of the kinds of ministries
that God requires in the New Testament.
Use the chart on the next page, or, better, make
your own, to help you and your apprentices to review areas of needed growth
in their churches and cells. Place a check or tick mark beside those
ministries that are already being done by their church. Secondly, help them
to decide which of the remaining ministries they will start now to introduce
into their church. Then go to the Train & Multiply™ menu for find
training activities and study materials that will help. We recommend that you
keep a copy of the chart for each church and cell that the apprentices
oversees, so that you can track each one’s development.
An alternative to the single tick box is to use a
scale. You can copy the following line and paste it above each item in the
"Pastoral Ministries Chart."
o Need recognized, o
Plan made, o Action initiated, o Workers trained, o
Such a scale helps track ministry development and
encourages your apprentices. They see each action as progress, even though
their people do the new ministry without great skill or finesse.
Ministries Chart appears on the next page.
To chart the progress of a church or cell, mark ministries being done by them. Developministries in the order that best fits the immediate
needs of your people or trainee.
oWatchover the spiritual life of the flock that God has given
you to tend
o Counsel and correct the unruly firmly
but without condemning, 1 Cor. 5 o Restore unruly or limping lambs, Titus
3:10-11; Gal. 6:1-2 o Counsel people with personal or family
problems, as Paul did, Philemon o Ward off wolves, Acts 20:17-38
oAgree as a body on goals, practices and
general plans, Acts -31; 2 Cor. 13:11
o All members of the flock develop daily
personal and family devotions, 1 Thess. 5:17 o Wage spiritual warfare and intercede
for those who need God's help, Eph. 6:10-18; Romans 12:12 o Pray for the sick and needy, Gen.
18:20-33; James 5:14-15
oServeoneanother with in and between churches or
cells, 1 Cor. 12; Eph. -16; Rom. 12:4-16 oGive. Be stewards of all God has given us: our treasure,
talents and time, Luke 6:38; Matt. 25:14-30
oOrganizeandoversee so that all serve with their spiritual
gifts, in harmony in the body, 1 Cor. 12
o Oversee as servant leaders, not as
power-hungry commanders, Matt. 20:25-28 o Evaluateperiodically all these
ministries, 1 Peter 5:1-4; Eph. -16
the needy within the
church body, Acts 6:1-6; Gal. 6:10
loving fellowshipamong members of the flock, Rom. 12:3-21; 1 Cor. 13
oWorshipas a church or cell body, including the Lord's Supper,
Matthew 26:26-28, Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:46; 20:7
MINISTRIES TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BODY OF CHRIST
oWitness for Christ, Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8; 2
Timothy 4:5 oCare
for the needyoutside the church body, Matt.
25:31-46; Luke 10:25-37
new churches and cells(tiny
churches within a larger one), Acts chapters 13 - 14