Every church on the planet has room for improvement in the way that we equip the saints. This goal causes us to ask some very important questions....
How could we reach people more effectively? How can we train up new leaders? How can we see the Gospel spread across the globe? Today I want to share with you two secrets we’ve learned at Church Community Builder after working with hundreds of churches.
2 ways to accelerate ministry momentum with an Ephesians 4 approach
- Start with implementing sustainable processes. When church leaders focus on building sustainable processes around equipping the saints, it accelerates ministry momentum. When people are growing spiritually, they will give, attend, tell others, volunteer, and serve. And, consequently, the questions leaders ask will change. They will no longer wonder what they need to do to get people involved. Instead, they will begin to deal with the ‘problem’ of having fully funded, fully staffed ministries with an abundance of volunteer leaders who are looking for places to serve. Wouldn’t that be a great problem to have?
- Ensure your processes are moving people from believers to disciples. Paul said it is the role of church leaders “to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13). Ephesians 4 clearly calls us to be an equipping church. The process of equipping and empowering people is what helps someone move from simply believing in Christ to being His disciple.
Accelerating ministry momentum is directly tied to discipleship. At Church Community Builder we’re passionate about coming alongside churches and supporting you in your ministry. Take a look at some of our free resources on accelerating ministry momentum through discipleship. You can learn how to equip disciples for ministry, check out a snapshot of how three different churches built equipping cultures, and look into the entire Ephesians 4 framework.
What are you doing to make sure your ministry processes are built around the idea of equipping the saints?