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How do you move members into ministry? Here are some basic principles we learned in a study published in my book, Membership Matters. That particular study is now dated, but our findings since then still confirm these steps.
While we tend to get hung up on particular gifts, in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul broadens the categories of gifts under the umbrella of the manifestation of the Spirit. Paul argues we manifest the Spirit when we serve one another (1 Corinthians 12:7). So, how do we help our members discover their areas of giftedness? Here are five suggestions.
What happens when our plans fall through? When that hope we’ve been aiming at and working toward doesn’t materialize? When, because of our choices, someone else’s choices, or simply the sovereign hand of God, we look around and say to ourselves, “I didn’t sign up for this”?
As leaders, whether we have larger or smaller spheres of influence, we should want to get better at multi-directional leadership, and the way we will do so is by recognizing and resisting a number of temptations. Here’s the first.