|"Manna for Ministry" Communication - OCTOBER 2003|
Greetings from the EHC Anglo Africa Regional Office!
It has been some time now since we sent out the Manna for Ministry (our teaching and edifying communication). Below is the first of a series of teachings that we have been receiving in our regional office from Pastor Alan Platt (Pretoria) which I know will empower and add value to you personally as well as your ministry.
I would like to suggest that you share this teaching material (Leading Like Jesus) with those who are part of your team - this is powerful and will further encourage our Anglo Africa Region (and others) to remain steadfast and focused on that which God has called us to do to establish His kingdom on earth.
Enjoy the full and blessed life which He intended you have - a life of complete fulfillment!
Hennie and the Regional Office Team
LEADING LIKE JESUS
Jesus chose personal discipleship as the primary way he gathered, won and reproduced a movement of obedient followers to fill the earth with His glory (Matt. 28:19-20). To lead like Jesus we must follow His example; every leader is called to make disciples (John 20:21). Discipleship plays a key role in helping people become like Jesus, discover the spiritual gifts, find their place in God's church, and obey the Great Commission.
THE GOAL OF DISCIPLESHIP
The ultimate goal of discipleship is growing together in the grace of Jesus Christ, so Jesus is worshipped in all nations and in all spheres of life.
Discipleship:- Equipping and empowering others to joyfully obey Jesus through a relational process that deliberately imparts to others what God has given us - so they will disciple others also:
- "equipping and empowering others" - Selection
- ".. to joyfully obey Jesus .." - Consecration
- ".. through a relational process .." - Association
- " .. that deliberately imparts to others .." - Demonstration
- " .. what God has given you .." - Delegation
- " .. so they will disciple others also .." - Reproduction
The primary role of a disciple centers on discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying to a person, encouraging that person to discern for themselves what God is saying to them, and then facilitating their cooperation with God.
- INTENTIONAL: instructing and mentoring
- OCCASIONAL: counseling and encouraging
- PASSIVE: modeling, both in the present and from historical figures
THE SCOPE OF DISCIPLESHIP:
The scope of Biblical discipleship involves the development of FIVE OUTCOMES:-
2 Tim. 2:2 "And the things you have heard from me say in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."
- A PASSION FOR GOD REFLECTED IN A LIFE OF INTEGRITY
Christ: Knowing, loving and obeying Jesus. Having our identity firmly established in Christ as a loved son or daughter of the Father. Living a life of personal discipline in prayer, fasting and the study of God's Word.
Character: Being a person Jesus can trust. A lifetime commitment to humility, Godly authority, self-control, healthy self-awareness, discernment, accountability to others, faithfulness, and personal initiative.
Core Values: Choosing, nurturing and focusing the inner beliefs upon which one builds your life. Core values empower vision, define character and shape our destiny.
- A PASSION FOR PEOPLE REFLECTED IN A LIFE OF SERVICE
Care: Taking responsibility for others as part of the Body of Christ. Reaching out to make a difference by giving of your time, talents and resources to serve other people.
Commitment: Realizing that you are part of a greater whole and responding to serve your church, community and country by rejecting self interest and availing yourself to service beyond your comfort zone.
- A PASSION FOR NATIONS REFLECTED IN A COMMITMENT TO CITY TRANSFORMATION
Calling: Knowing how to hear God's voice, discover our spiritual gifts and develop our natural abilities. Connecting those things to the vocation God leads us into and the call of God to His church to partner with Him to fulfill His purposes in the earth.
Community: Growing together in the grace of the Lord Jesus. Understanding the value of building and reproducing a life giving, kingdom minded community for the worship of Jesus and the glory of God. Making a contribution to influence every sphere of society to bow to the Lordship of Christ.
- LIFE SKILLS
Clarity of Vision: Seeing clearly the vision Jesus has for His church in the earth. Learning how to write a personal mission statement, develop a business or strategic plan, and how to cast the vision in a way that inspires others to join you.
Connection in Relationships: Understanding the principles of relational health. Committing to the "A-Plan" of relationships practicing - Acceptance, Affirmation, Affection, Availability and Accountability.
Care in Finances: Living as a good steward of that which God has entrusted to you.
Competency: Recognizing and developing core competencies (team building, vision casting, problem solving, conflict resolution, inter cultural sensitivity, planning and decision making, disciple making, self-evaluation, debriefing, setting priorities) that allow a person to lead others effectively.
Jesus is our model for all ministry in the Body of Christ. It does not matter what ministry a person is called to do, it must be an extension of the ministry that was first demonstrated in the life of Jesus. Jesus was The Apostle from heaven who was sent by the Father to establish the church. In doing so, He evangelized, developed a core group of leaders, mentored these leaders to carry out His vision, and eventually released them to function on His behalf. Because Jesus was faithful and diligent to transmit and impart all of these things, His work would go on after He left. The Apostle, Jesus, had trained other apostles and church leaders who would be able to duplicate His ministry on earth. The church that Jesus planted would succeed through transition from generation to generation.