Congregational Mission Support Team
Love Each Other
Relationship with each other in the faith community - Intentional Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Gifts Identification & Development, Intentional Mentoring
Healthy Mark Assessment #2 – Relationships embody God’s kingdom
Relationships which are loving, need-responsive, mentoring, Christ-centered
Discernment Questions - Who are we? Who is our neighbor? Who & what is God calling us to be and do?
Identifying, developing and mentoring gifts of the congregation, knowing history & heritage & God’s vision
Congregational Leadership: Building a ministry team
Congregational transformation requires that the pastor and laity work together as a team to redirect the ministry of the church. This begins by recognizing and honoring the variety of gifts of the people within the congregation.
Capable lay persons can and are called to lead the transformation effort. Some characteristics of a transformation leader are:
Demonstrates a strong personal relationshp with Jesus Christ and reflects that relationship in her or his personal life
Committed to building up the faith of others
Seeks God's vision for a group and recruits others into that vision
Responsive to community needs allowing the context to shape the vision and the action plans
Recognizes the giftedness of others and is willing to learn from them
Values and builds relationships not only among members within the congregation, but also between members and those persons outside the church
Has a passion for reaching those who are waiting, seeking to discover God in their lives, and understands that, for some, it is a life-and-death issue
Willing to work in multicultural and multiracial communities
Allows change to happen in others
Flexible and works under stress without losing sense of purpose and humor
Congregational Identity – Coming to terms with the past, present and future
Some congregations are stuck in the past. Coming to terms with the past and present means allowing time for corporate grief. Until members of the congregation can openly affirm that the past is gone forever, movement toward the future is unlikely. The history of your congregation is important. It contains both the reason for your past failures and the seeds of your future successes.
Tools to assist in this process:
Timeline – Post a long sheet of paper on the wall marking important events in the life of the church.
Tell stories about people and their experiences in the church.
Determine what Bible story your congregation is currently living. Discuss with your Session or leaders what the ramifications of that story are for your congregation.