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Beyond Worship: Ministry with Adults Using A Contemporary Church Model. Bill Alphin Virginia Baptist Mission Board. How did Jesus grow disciples?. How do we develop a mature faith as disciples of Jesus?. Study Prayer Nurture Service Testing Reflection.

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beyond worship ministry with adults using a contemporary church model

Beyond Worship:Ministry with AdultsUsing A Contemporary Church Model

Bill Alphin

Virginia Baptist Mission Board

how do we develop a mature faith as disciples of jesus
How do we develop a mature faith as disciples of Jesus?
  • Study
  • Prayer
  • Nurture
  • Service
  • Testing
  • Reflection
natural church development schwarz
Natural Church DevelopmentSchwarz
  • Empowering leadership
  • Gift-oriented ministry
  • Passionate spirituality
  • Functional structures
  • Holistic small groups
  • Need-oriented evangelism
  • Loving relationships
the influence of the contemporary church models
The Influence of the Contemporary Church Models
  • To “Clone” rather than learn from “Principles”
  • Contemporary Worship vs. Traditional
  • Sunday School verses Small Groups
  • Closed Groups verses Open Groups
slide7

The Issue

Is Not Just Style Of

Worship.

Its What Happens

Beyond Worship…

slide8
For adults to “stick” with the church, they must find a place where they are known by name and where friendships can develop.
essential groups in the church
Essential Groupsin the church:
  • Worship—Focus on God.
  • Adult Bible Fellowship (Sunday School).—Focus on people.
  • Small Groups—Focus God’s relationship with His people.
slide10

The

Saddleback

Model for

Building

Up The

Church

Core Lay Ministers

The

Community

Unchurched

Committed

Maturing

Members

Congregation

The Crowd

Regular Attendees

slide11

THE BIG PICTURE:

How Small Groups

Fit Into

The Ministry

Of The Church

Worship

Community

slide12

THE BIG PICTURE:

How Small Groups

Fit Into

The Ministry

Of The Church

Worship

Community

ABF

SS

ABF’s and

SS Classes are

“Open”:

slide13

THE BIG PICTURE:

How Small Groups

Fit Into

The Ministry

Of The Church

Task

Group

Covenant

(Open)

Worship

Community

ABF

SMALL GROUPS

BAG

OAG

SS

ABF’s and

SS Classes are

“Open”:

slide14

THE BIG PICTURE:

How Small Groups

Fit Into

The Ministry

Of The Church

Various

Missions/Ministries

Opportunities

Task

Group

Covenant

(Open)

Worship

Community

ABF

SMALL GROUPS

BAG

OAG

SS

ABF’s and

SS Classes are

“Open”:

slide15

THE BIG PICTURE:

How Small Groups

Fit Into

The Ministry

Of The Church

Various

Missions/Ministries

Opportunities

Mission

Action

Task

Group

Covenant

(Open)

Worship

Community

ABF

SMALL GROUPS

BAG

OAG

SS

ABF’s and

SS Classes are

“Open”:

slide16

THE BIG PICTURE: How Small Groups “fit” in the Church

Small Groups

As A Tool For

Growing

Disciples…

Various

Missions/Ministries

Opportunities

Mission

Action

Debrief and

reflection.

Entry

Points

BAG

Possible

point of

assimilation:

Entry

Points

OAG

ABF

Covenant

(Open)

Ministry

Beyond

“Self”.

ABF

Entry Point

SMALL GROUPS

Worship

Service

ABF

OAG

Task

Group

SS

  • Content of Small
  • Groups (Varies depending
  • on the purpose of the group)
  • Prayer
  • Disciplines of the faith.
  • Time of accountability
  • and encouragement.
  • Training.
  • Ministry beyond self.

People who

are never

assimilated

at this point

are at high

risk of exiting.

ABF’s and

SS groups are

“Open”:

The focus is

fellowship.

TERMINOLOGY:

ABF= Adult Bible

Fellowship

BAG=Basic Accountability

Group.

OAG=Ongoing Accountability

Group

Leadership

Community

used to

coach

leaders.

slide17

Agree-Disagree:“A church that relies only on Church member participation in the Sunday morning worship experience and adult Sunday School class will not go very far in developing mature disciples of Jesus Christ.”Bill Alphin

turning attenders into members rich warren saddleback valley community church
Turning Attenders Into Members Rich Warren, Saddleback Valley Community Church
  • Develop a plan to assimilate member.
  • Communicate the value of membership.
  • Establish a required membership class.
  • Develop a membership covenant.
  • Make your members feel special
  • Create opportunities to build relationships.
  • Encourage every member to join a small group.
slide19

Three functions of

The Adult Bible Fellowship…

(Adult Sunday School Classes)

Evangelism

And

Assimilation

Care

Ministry

Bible

Study

why should we care about small groups
Why Should We Care About Small Groups?
  • Growing churches think small.
  • High tech cries for high touch!
  • Millennials want honest, caring relationships
  • Millennials are looking for “family”.
  • Church renewal often comes from God working with people in a small group community setting.
  • It may be the most important “Niche” the Church has that will differentiate itself from other organizations and institutions.
why are small groups important to the development of disciples
Why Are Small Groups Important To The Development Of Disciples?
  • Disciples are best developed in groups.
  • Disciples are best developed when there is accountability and encouragement.
  • Disciples are best developed where there is a high degree of trust in the group.
  • Disciples are best developed when there is agreed expectations and outcomes.
  • The adult Sunday School is not very effective as a disciple making group.
slide22

It is difficult to move

People who attend

Worship where they can

Be anonymous to

Involvement in small

Groups that require

A high degree of intimacy.

brief theology of small groups
Brief Theology of Small Groups
  • Exodus 18:17-18a,21 (NIV)
  • Moses\' father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out….But select capable men from all the people-- men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-- and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.”
brief theology of small groups1
Brief Theology of Small Groups
  • John 10:16 (NIV):
  • I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
contents of a small group varies depending on the purpose of the group
Contents of A Small Group(Varies depending on the purpose of the group)
  • Fellowship and possible ice breaker.
  • Prayer (talking and listening).
  • Disciplines of the faith.
  • Time of “catching up”: Accountability and encouragement.
  • Additional new training.
  • Ministry beyond self: Gift based Missions
  • Time of hospitality and fellowship.
small groups should be sequential
Small groups should be sequential...

People are grouped according to stage of faith journey...

Each phase of discipleshipmoves the disciple to a higher level of commitment.

slide27

The Traditional Model Verses The Contemporary Church Model

Small Groups

As A Tool For

Growing

Disciples…

Various

Missions/Ministries

Opportunities

BAG

OAG

ABF

Covenant

(Open)

(Traditional Church Model)

ABF

Entry Point

SMALL GROUPS

Worship

Service

ABF

OAG

Task

Group

SS

(Contemporary Church Model)

Leadership Community

used to coach leaders.

Open

Small Groups

With

“Empty Chair”

Entry Point

Worship

Service

the contemporary model verses the traditional baptist model traditional contemporary
Sunday School/ABF

Out Reach/ Caring through the SS.

Discipleship Small Groups are often “Hit or Miss” –No curriculum plan.

Discipleship Training Director.

Open Small Groups

Outreach/Caring through the Small Group (Open Chair)

Small Group Ministry Tends to Be Organized with “Coaches.

Leadership Community.

Movement from anonymity to intimacy without transition.

The Contemporary Model Verses The Traditional “Baptist” ModelTraditional: Contemporary:
slide29

Open

Verses

Closed Groups

an effective disciple making church must have leaders develop disciple making leaders by
An effective disciple making church must have leaders. Develop disciple making leaders by...
  • Affirm those who are effective Christian disciples and leaders.
  • Provide vision and encouragement.
  • Discover and utilize spiritual gifts.
  • Create accountability relationships for leaders through a leadership community.
  • Free leaders of institutional Maintenance. Edward H. Hammett Making the Church Work.
the leadership community
The Leadership Community
  • Nurture
  • Vision Casting-Large Picture
  • Ideas and activities. (Plenary)
  • Skill Development (Sub-groups by type)
  • Huddle/Planning (Sub-groups by type)
  • Meets at least monthly.
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