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EDUCAITIONAL LEADERSHIP Unit 11- Lay Ministry. 45350 Dr Brad Waggoner. Unit 11. Lay Ministry: The Task of Equipping & Enabling. Growing Disciple. 2. Equipping. Establishing. Ministering Disciple. 3. 1. Convert. 4. Expanding. Evangelizing. Reproducing Disciple. Definition.

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unit 11

Unit 11

Lay Ministry:

The Task of Equipping & Enabling

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Growing

Disciple

2

Equipping

Establishing

Ministering

Disciple

3

1

Convert

4

Expanding

Evangelizing

Reproducing

Disciple

definition
Definition

The responsible action of leaders in _______for, _________ and ________ individual believers for effective engagement in ________ within the Kingdom of God.

praying

instructing

equipping

ministry

biblical basis
Biblical Basis

Roman 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31;

Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; Titus 2:14; 3:14;

James 1:22-25; 2:14-26; 1 Peter 4:10

general principles
General Principles

multiplicity

works

ministries

God has designed the Church for a __________of __________ and ______________. Romans 12; 1Corinthians 12

God has ___________________ a lifestyle of ___________ for each believer. Ephesians 2:10

It is the responsibility of the __________ to _______ believers for ministry. Ephesians 4:11-16

It is the responsibility of each ___________ to _______in ministry. Titus 2:14; 3:14; 1 Peter 4:10

A major biblical motivation for the faithful use of gifts and engagement in ministry is ___________ __________.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

predetermined

works

clergy

equip

believer

engage

eternal

reward

understanding the times past present influences upon lay ministry mobilization
Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

Historical Overview: Movements Impacting Lay Ministry

  • Protestant Reformation – The groundwork for lay ministry
  • Para-church Movement (Navigators / Campus Crusade)
  • Lay Renewal Emphasis
  • Church Growth Movement
  • Small Group Movement / Mega Church Movement
  • Current Lay Ministry Emphasis ( Leadership Network)
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

Recent Trends, Influences & Realities

  • Secularization of society - People have moved away from church attendance. “Come and hear” approaches not as effective as “Go & Tell” approaches. Lay persons must go into the harvest.
  • Clergy - Realization that we cannot and should not do it alone.
  • Laypersons - Are more careful & reluctant about involvement. Need a better way of ensuring meaningful involvement. People are searching for community – cannot get that in the pew.
  • Financial Realities - People give 4 times more to causes they are personally involved in.
  • Learning - People learn best by “hands on” involvement.
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

The Need: The Development of a Leadership Culture

  • Visionary & Passionate Leadership
  • A Comprehensive Strategic Plan

(refer to Unit 5 and Unit 11 handouts)

  • Love for the laity
  • Conviction of the importance of lay ministry
  • Determination to make it happen
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

Preliminaries

1. Before you try to initiate a Lay Ministry Model you must first _____________________.

a. Revisit the mission and purpose of your church.

b. Examine the current program emphasis of your church.

c. Analyze your current lay ministry strategy.

d. Who is currently volunteering and serving?

study your ministry context

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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

e. Identify and deal with obstacles.

Questions & Concerns Some Pastors Have

  • Will lay ministry add to an already overwhelming work load?
  • Will this new program place my job in jeopardy?
  • Is lay ministry just another layer of church bureaucracy?
  • Are members qualified to minister?
  • Will I lose control of my ministry when the laity are involved?
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

f. Avoid common mistakes.

Common Mistakes

  • Underestimating the time required for the director to do the job well.
  • Starting too soon without all of the necessary elements in place.
  • Not preparing the other staff to feel ownership.
  • Not preparing the congregation to see the possible benefits.
  • Not preparing the leaders for lay involvement.
  • Getting too complicated too fast.
  • Setting expectations too high too early.
  • Not elevating the Lay Ministry Director to an important position.
  • Under-communicating the vision.
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

g. Recruit and train a Lay Ministry Director.

Characteristics of Successful Directors

Birkman & Associates, an assessment organization, profiled 21 leaders in the field of lay ministry and identified the following attitudes, traits and abilities.

  • positive outlook on life
  • ability to trust others
  • a “can-do” attitude
  • thrive on responsibility and leadership
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization
  • “team-player” mentality
  • view conflict as a result of honest people with legitimate differences trying to do their best
  • believe people are capable of self-control and can work well without constant supervision
  • describe shortcomings in others as manageable and natural
  • enjoy making things happen
  • like to “sell” ideas and services
  • are generally outgoing and enjoy contact with others
  • operate well independently
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization
  • are flexible
  • take initiative
  • able to deal with conflict
  • plan well
  • can deal with multiple disruptions

(Tim Sadler & Sylvia Koltzenburg, “Positions for Volunteer Efforts” June 21, 1994. Birkman & Associates, Inc., Houston, TX)

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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

Leadership Network adds the following important characteristics of effective Lay Ministry Directors:

  • feels called to this kind of ministry
  • communicates effectively
  • listens actively
  • shows grace under pressure
  • organizes, collaborates and coordinates well
  • delegates capably
  • is liked by the congregation
  • has experience with originating programs
  • shares credit
  • believes in gifts-based ministry
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Understanding the Times: Past & Present Influences Upon Lay Ministry/Mobilization

2. Three Key Essentials

1).________________________________

2).________________________________

3).________________________________

Visible Support from the Pastor

A Lay Ministry Director

A Contextualized Plan

implementing a lay ministry model process
Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step One- ____________________________

(Note: Review the Unit - The Leader & Vision)

VISION

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step Two-______________________________

1. What the Lay Ministry Team will do:

a. Assist in creating a _______ ______________ for lay ministry.

b. Plan the _______ __________

c. ________ and _________key leaders.

d. Make sure the overall process runs well.

DEVELOP A LAY LEADERSHIP TEAM

positive

environment

overall

process

Identify

recruit

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

2. Important Characteristics of Good Team Members:

  • Some people with good organizational skills
  • Some who understand the overall picture of church ministry and who can see the “big picture”.
  • Some who can communicate well (publicly and in written form).
  • Some with the gift of hospitality.
  • People who listen well
  • People with solid ministry experience
  • People who are respected by the church at large
  • Some with strong computer knowledge
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

3. Some Guidelines to Consider

  • Develop a Ministry Team Description.
  • Limit your Team to between 8-12 persons.
  • Select your Team members carefully.
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step Three- _____________________________

1. Develop a Mission Statement

2. Establish Goals

  • Develop Objectives

SMAC Objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Compatible)

ESTABLISH THE INFRASTRUCTURE

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

4. Appropriate funds (budget)

5. Develop Policies & Procedures

(Resource: Steve McCurley. Volunteer Management Policies. Heritage Arts Publishing.)

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

6. Acquire appropriate computer hardware and software

  • Members to Action- 877-328-2949
  • Assimilation & Discipleship Resources- 512-477-8939, www.datawizsolutions.com
  • Lay Mobilization Manager- 888-463-4438, www.calvie.com
  • Membership Plus- Parsons Technology, 800-847-6995, www.parsons.com
  • Shelby Systems

7. Write Ministry Descriptions (see handout)

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step Four- ______________________________

1. Types of interviews

DEVELOP THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

  • Staff & Key Leaders
  • New Members
  • Reflection interviews of those currently serving
  • Exit interviews
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

2. Guidelines for the interview (handouts 7 & 8)

  • Have trained interviewers and consultants
  • Remind people of the time and place (letter)
  • Allow 1 hour for the interview
  • Have good forms (paper trail)
  • Be a good listener
  • Put them at ease
  • Make sure they know the ball is in their court
  • Follow up
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

3. Gifts Assessment

a. Types

b. Issues & Concerns

  • Gift assessment is not an ______________.
  • Never rely only on gift assessment in determining where someone should serve.
  • Ultimately the best way to determine a person’s “best fit” for ministry is by personal _________________.

exact science

involvement

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

CONNECT PEOPLE TO MINISTRY

Step Five- ____________________________________

“All dressed up and nowhere to go.”

1. First, you must identify _______________ for ____________.

2. For this to happen effectively you will need to establish good __________________ _____________ between staff and key lay leaders (Point Persons).

3. Then you must _________ the opportunities.

4. Ultimately, however, most qualified people will respond only when ____________.

opportunities

service

communication

channels

publicize

asked/ invited

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Pointers for Inviting People to Serve

  • Be prepared (ministry descriptions, necessary talents & gifts, time commitment required, etc.)
  • The right person must make the invitation.
  • Personalize the invitation. Explain why it is a good fit for the person.
  • Invite with enthusiasm.
  • Be realistic regarding the position.
  • Pick the right time and place to communicate with the prospective volunteer.
  • Bring closure to the discussion. If the person wants to pray about their involvement, respect his/her desire for time. Then agree to a time when you will check back with him/her.
  • Follow-up in a timely fashion. Do not let the opportunity “slip between the cracks.”
  • Accept “No” graciously.

(Adapted from The Starter Kit for Mobilizing Ministry by Leadership Network, p.2-83)

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

SUPPORT & AFFIRM

Step Six- _____________________________________

1. How to support those in ministry

  • Provide ongoing __________.
  • Communicate sincere ____________.
  • Provide ongoing __________________ and __________.
  • Intervene if you see signs of ___________or ____________.
  • Express interest in their _______________.
  • From time to time ask your volunteers what they need.
  • Make sure you follow-up on what you say you will do.
  • Allow guilt free ____________ when necessary.

training

opportunity

encouragement

feedback

withdrawal

frustration

personal lives

sabbaticals

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

2. Guidelines for training

  • Analyze where, what type and when your people need training.
  • Provide training for new people as they enter a ministry area, and on-going training for those already involved.
  • Work with the appropriate staff persons and key lay leaders in planning special training events.
  • Plan well in advance in order to budget for and obtain the best possible speakers and resources.
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Suggestions for Planning Training Events

  • Determine type of training (weekend conference, live speaker, video instruction, etc.).
  • Budget adequate funding.
  • Secure high quality speakers or training resources.
  • Reserve proper facilities.
  • Publicize and recruit well in advance. Get people signed up in advance.
  • Pay attention to details (climate control, lighting, sound system, name tags, food, fellowship, music, length of training, seating, childcare, breaks, fun, multi-media, etc.)
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

“ Repeatedly, we have been told by employees that the capability to do their respective jobs is the most important determinant of their satisfaction. Capability the development in many ways, not the least of which are effective selection and job assignment, training, the appropriate technological support, and efforts to put employees in touch with others who can help them.”

(The Drucker Foundation. The Leader of the Future. The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. P 115)

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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

3. Ways to Affirm Volunteers

  • Public acknowledgment
  • Appreciation banquets
  • Notes of appreciation
  • A “thank you” phone call
  • Direct word of thanks
  • Small gifts
  • Take them out for breakfast or lunch
  • Occasionally stop by or participate in their ministry area
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step Seven- __________________________________

1. Why is this important and necessary?

2. What is it that we evaluate?

3. What is our criteria for evaluation?

PROVIDE FEEBACK & EVALUATON

  • Only way to make improvements.
  • People tend to do what you inspect, not what you expect.
  • People need encouragement.
  • People
  • Programs
  • Events (worship)
  • EXCELLENCE! 1 Corinthians 10:31
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

4. Some guidelines for evaluation:

  • Start by letting the person being evaluated provide their own self-assessment
  • Focus on the task or behavior, not on the person
  • 90% encouragement / 10% correction
  • Thank them for their service
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Implementing a Lay Ministry Model/Process

Step Eight- ___________________________

1. Guidelines for Successful Recognition

2. Recognition Ideas (see handout 10)

CELEBRATE

  • Keep good records
  • Be timely
  • Be consistent
  • Be sincere
  • Be creative