If you’re trying to involve more people in ministry, consider if your core values reflect an equipping culture. Churches that have a higher percentage of people involved in serving, demonstrate these values:
The equipping church recognizes the inherent value of prayer to discern God’s vision, leadership, and plan toward an equipping ministry model. Church leaders rely on prayer to see God in all aspects of their ministry.
The Priesthood of All Believers
The church embraces people holistically in the discovery of gifts, needs, and God’s calling. The church seeks to equip people for ministry in the family, the church, the community, and the world.
Leaders demonstrate genuine humility, authenticity, accountability, and genuine care of people, as they equip others to use their gifts in the body of Christ.
Healthy community and teams are built around the individuality of gifts, team accountability, and willingness of people to work for the good of the greater body.
The church embraces equipping ministry as a value and models it through the intentional implementation of systems to prepare, connect, and equip people for ministry inside and outside the walls of the church. Leaders understand their role to equip rather than ‘do’.
Proactive Toward Change
The church recognizes and embraces the organic characteristic of change and responds creatively and proactively to shifts in culture. The church continually changes its methods, but maintains the consistent message of God’s Word.
[Editor’s Note: Registration is now open for the course, Building an Equipping Church, which will be offered for the first time online starting September 12th – November 14th and onsite October 4-6, 2017 at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado. Click here for more information.]