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Participatory Ministry  

It was He who gave some to be apostles,
some to be prophets,
some to be evangelists,
and some to be pastors
and teachers,
to prepare God's 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.
(Eph. 4:11-12)


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Participatory Ministry Part One (pdf)
God is empowering His people at this time to respond to His Spirit – and this represents a mega shift away from the top down hierarchical model that has predominated in the Church for centuries. This new in depth series aims to help us think reflectively about the way we do church, and to provide us with tools and keys to develop both the emotional and the spiritual intelligence to flow in the power of the Holy Spirit.



  Participatory Ministry Part Two (pdf)
As I pondered how we can promote Participatory Ministry (PM) in ways that will make sense for the whole spectrum of Christian experience, from liturgical to independent churches, an acronym came to mind: TENS.

You'll have to read the article to find out what a TENS machine is, but for the purposes of this image, T stands for making the TRANSITION to participatory church, and is the theme of this edition. E will explore the theme of ENCOURAGEMENT that is required to do it.
N will focus on the NURTURING heart that leaders need to facilitate participatory ministry successfully, whilst S speaks of the SUPPORT that both enables and monitors how the process is developing.
  Participatory Ministry Part Three (pdf)
E is for Encouragement:The Power of Encouragement - part one.
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. Sidney Madwed





Children and Participatory Ministry (pdf)
By Jan Dyer

If Family is the primary place for children to learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus, how can church support this?
All of our congregations are on a journey. There are various models for nurturing and discipling children. Some go the “Kid’s Church” route – with, perhaps, opportunities for the children to take on leadership roles, or which might be adult led with plenty of action and fun. Other churches prefer the ‘All Age’ route, where the whole church remains together for either all or some of the time, dividing into groups for the main teaching. Still others run traditional services for everyone. There are many variations - click on the link to read more . . .
  Developing the Kingdom of God in the Community (pdf)
By David Alban
About seven years ago I was invited via a fellowship announcement to join a group of volunteers from a local church travelling to Thailand, to help a small Christian charity with their work and vision amongst vulnerable people groups. Up to that point in time, I had no interest in Thailand and no desire to go, yet it was one of those God moments when you know He is speaking to you outside of your natural boundaries and comfort zones. I didn’t really know anyone on the team, I knew nothing about the charity but taking this unusual step has changed my life and perspective of God’s Kingdom.
  Who Stole my Church (pdf) a book review.
By Gordon MacDonald
Change in church can sometimes be hard to handle – especially if you have been a long-term and involved member of a particular congregation. And then maybe a new leader comes in, who ‘dumps programs, trashes traditional music, revolutionizes preaching styles and topics and thrusts aside symbols of reverence.’ A thought provoking book that seeks to tackle issues reach across all ages and generations.



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