This paper will explain biblical foundations for ministry and provide an evaluation for the four current church structures. The student will then create a strategic plan for implementing an effective church structure for developing disciples. Hauberk 2:2 states, “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. ” Biblical Foundations of Ministry Ephesians State, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. ” This scripture teaches us that we are spiritually dead and lost.
In the article, Innovate Church, it explains, “The starting point for becoming a disciple of Jesus is to examine the Scriptures and see what the characteristics f a first century disciple looked like and then to draw from those passages bedrock principles regarding being a disciple. ” 1 As Christian leaders, we should strive to learn the scripture and teach others about the Gospel. We should strive to make disciples who have the knowledge to share the gospel with their peers. Dry.
Dempsey explains, “Discipleship is the process of guiding individual disciples to grow in spiritual maturity and to discover and use their gifts, talents and abilities in fulfillment of Chrism’s mission. “2 Second Corinthians 5:20 states, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, s though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Chrism’s behalf, be reconciled to God. ” Our ministry is the continuing ministry of Christ that works through us by the Power of the Holy Spirit. The way we decide to make disciples is further explained in the following evaluations of the current church structures.
Each structure provides the reader with the knowledge of maintaining a strong and prosperous relationship with Jesus Christ and teaching others how they can have the same. Simple Church This simple church is guides Christians back to the simple gospel sharing level f Jesus Christ and utilizes four steps in becoming a simple church. The fours steps involve: Clarity, Movement, Alignment, and Focus. 3 Ephesians 4:1 1-12 states, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Rainier explains that Clarity is the ability of the process to be communicated and understood by the people. 4 The simple church implements five key points in ensuring the process is clearly understood. The five keys include defining your process, illustrate the recess, discuss the process, measure the process, and continue to monitor the understanding of your people in regards to the process. 5 The process should essentially be an easily understood blueprint on how the church is going to effectively build the lives of people.
Rainier states, “A clearly defined process encourages people to progress through it because they know the expectation. “6 If the process is not clearly understood, then the following steps will be difficult to follow. Second Corinthians 3:18 states, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed onto his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ” Movement is not a physical motion but a spiritual motion that transforms the people of the church into becoming more like Christ.
The simple church uses movement to remove the congestion in the process, therefore establishing a simple process in educating others about the Gospel. The leaders part in movement includes ensuring that the process is strategic and sequential, intentionally move people, offer a clear next step, and provide a class for new members-7 Building relationships with members and roving them the tools to be transformed is considered to be a part of the intentional movement. The relationships that are built allow a member to transition through each program with a person in the same situation as they may find themselves.
Providing new member classes allows the new members to learn the beliefs, practices and direction of the church. 8 The new members class is important because it allows the new member to learn all aspects of the church, which in return influence them to be more active members. Alignment is the arrangement of all ministries and staff around the name simple process. John 1 7:21 states, “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. “9 Alignment is needed to ensure the simple church is not too complicated and difficult.
The five tasks are: recruit on the process, offer accountability, implement the same process everywhere, unite leaders around the process, and ensure that new ministries fit. ID The most important part of alignment is to provide great leadership. As Max Deeper stated, “Movements suffer when leaders are unwilling to hold the group accountable. Al Rainier and Geiger state, “A simple church is a congregation designed around a straightforward and strategic process that moves people through the Stages of spiritual growth. ” 12 Albert Hubbard stated, “Art is a process of elimination.
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed. “13 This type of focus is necessary in building a simple church. Focus is the commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of the simple ministry process. 14 Great organizations are focused and therefore they are able to break barriers and reach new heights. If hurries want to be simple, they have to learn to say no and stick to their ministry plans. Attraction Church Attraction churches find ways to create fertile soil and when the time is right, preach the Gospel with grace and power.
The Purpose Driven Church and The Twelve Characteristics of a purpose Driven Church both explain in detail what it takes to be a purpose driven church. In Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Church, he begins by asking “What Drives Your Church? ” 1 5 Warren provides examples that could be a driving force of the church. Some of the examples include: Tradition, Personality, Finances, Programs, Buildings, Events, and Seekers. 16 The attraction church is built on a strong solid foundation. Warren states, “If you want to build a healthy, strong, and growing church you must spend time laying a solid foundation. 17 Providing a purpose statement for the church allows the members to understand what the church is attempting to achieve. By providing a purpose statement, the new members of the church to clearly understand the focus of the church. In the article, The 12 Characteristics of a Purpose Driven Church, the number one purpose is “Operates around a Purpose Statement that describes the ointment to building the chi arch around five New Testament purposes: Worship, Evangelism, Fellowship, Discipleship, and Ministry. ” 18 There are two scriptures that clearly explain what is needed for the attraction church.
Matthew 22137-40 and Matthew 28:18-20, also known as the Great Commandment and the Great Commission provide us with the primary task the church is to focus on. Warren states, “A Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission with grow a Great Church. “19 Based of the New Testament Scripture, the five biblical foundations can be tracked. The article provides examples on how to track each foundation. Attendance and welcome cards can track worship, whereas Spiritual Milestones and Classes can track Discipleship. 20 Proverbs 13:17 states, “A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing. Communication is an important aspect because if you cannot communicate what the purpose of the church is then how are the members of the church going to maintain their purpose. Examples of how to effectively communicate the purpose of the church include incorporating scripture, symbols, slogans, and stories. 1 The purpose Driven Church explains that, “Without a system and a structure to balance the five purposes, your church will overemphasized the purpose that express the gifts and passion of its pastor. “22 Warren stated, “A balanced Church is a healthy church. 23 Just like major corporations, the church has to learn how to balance all aspects in order to achieve the maximum out of their members. Organic Churches George Bernard Shaw stated, ‘The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. 24 Cole explains that our mission is not to make the kingdom or its core message bend to culture, but to position it in a way that is both appealing and unappealing at the same time. 25 The organic church is compared to a river in that it continues to flow outward.
Compared to an attraction church, the organic church is constantly on the move searching for people who have not been introduced to Jesus Christ. John 4:23 states, “But the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. ” An organic hurt can essentially be anywhere a believer is. Hebrews 10:24-25 states, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. The organic is not considered to be a building that everyone attends on Sunday but instead can be their home, work, gym, or any other place where a person can be a witness to Christ. Cole defines the organic church as, m The church is not sent on a mission by God; rather, God is on a mission and the church is called o join Him. The mission is not the church; it is the Mission Die, or “mission of God”26 The organic church empowers regular Christians to do the work of the kingdom and not waiting for professionals to do it for them.
This is considered to be one of the greatest advantages of the organic church . 27 Organic Churches allows people to go out to fulfill the Great Commission. Building relationships wherever a Christian might be is the starting point to winning others to Christ. Cole states, “Lost people are curious about Christ. “28 It is up to the believers to go out and win others to Christ. Hybrid Church The hybrid church is a practical guide for clergy and leaders who want to have the best of both church worlds: the intimacy of small churches and the impact of very large mega-churches.
The main focus of the hybrid church is building relationships but also having an impact as the larger churches. This is accomplished by having multiple “organic churches” that operate under on church. With this concept, the church can build relationships with citizens in their communities as well as have a major impact with their teachings. The hybrid church fuses the intimacy and impact by combining both micro- hurries and mega-churches. Dave Browning explains that churches are getting smaller and larger at the same time and that each of these approaches is needed for each to succeed.
Browning explains that the micro- church needs intimacy whereas the mega-church needs impact. 29 Dave Browning explains how average is no longer in existence but the other extremes are becoming more prevalent. With times changing, average is not a word that most people would use to describe themselves. Browning gives three examples of how the fall of the middle applies to the church. They are: Membership, Money, and Manpower . 30 Unfortunately the middle size church is no longer attractive, because people tend to believe that it is either to big to make relationships with others and it is to small to make an impact.
Hybrid is defined as ‘Something that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function. “31 Using this concept, Browning explains that the hybrid church combines the intimacy of a small church to the impact of the larger churches. Browning states, “We want not an amalgam or compromise, but both things at the top of their energy; love and rata both burning. ’32 Psalm 62:11-12 states, “One thing God has spoken, two things have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done. The scripture explains the beauty of both/and. The primary example of impact and intimacy is Jesus Christ. Most churches find themselves either on the side of intimacy or impact. The hybrid church wants to combine these two, which would result in a sustained emphasis to both. 33 Strategic Plan The students ideal church structure would be the organic church structure. The student enjoys the simplicity in life and believes the organic church allows the members to relax while learning about Jesus Christ.
Often times, we become stressed with the nuances of coming to a new church and having to learn so much about the church. The organic church strives on building relationships. By empowering the members of the church to reach out to others and share the gospel outside of the church. Also, the organic allows for more flexibility with the finances of the church. By becoming an organic church, the student believes it starts with one person who wants to make preference in someone else’s life. Showing the individual love and compassion, will ultimately lead them to Jesus Christ.
Romans 13:10 states, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ” Conclusion This paper has discussed the biblical foundations of ministry and the four current church structures. The student has learned that we are to strive to make disciples and that although there are numerous church structures; they all strive on building relationships to introduce others to Jesus Christ. First John 3:16-18 states, ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down is life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.