Thriving Essentials is a new way to get all the ministry leaders in your church - volunteers and staff, newbies and old-timers - aligned on key concepts about mission, discipleship, discernment, and leadership. Offered online at times that work with every schedule, these four one-hour sessions offer refreshing insights and can serve as a springboard to deeper conversations about ministry in your local context.
Every church is called to participate in God’s mission, but each church needs to discern their niche within that larger mission. It begins by understanding the unique context where God has placed us, and recognizing the gifts and passions within the congregation. In this session, we’ll look at how churches thrive when context and congregation converge and we discover - or often rediscover - our church’s unique missional identity.
Disciples are formed as they engage God’s mission beyond the walls of the church. In this session we’ll look at how churches thrive when they help members put their discipleship into practice throughout the week. Reframing church discipleship programs as a means, not an end, can infuse them with new energy and purpose as we ‘gear up’ to serve. We’ll also see examples of how church members inspire each other to discover the missional opportunities all around.
Practicing discernment is hard enough as individuals, much less doing it together as church leaders or an entire congregation. The idea of ‘waiting upon the Lord’ has almost become counter-cultural. In this session, we’ll look at how churches thrive when they resist the temptation to do and instead foster the impulse to discern. When discernment is done in community, it can strengthen our faith, weaken our divisions, and prevent fewer missteps as we pursue God’s mission.
Even in churches, our ideas about ‘leadership’ are largely driven by our workplaces, news, and entertainment. But Jesus flipped around our preconceptions about power and leadership. Churches thrive when they embrace the idea that everyone is a leader, because everyone has God-given influence. In this session we’ll explore how to recognize our influence, guard against misuse, and to steward that influence for Kingdom impact.