"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12
What does it mean to "equip the saints for the work of ministry?"
Biblical teaching, compelling messages, and small group ministries certainly come to mind. We must help new believers grow in their faith and learn to live it out in practical ways. Another key component involves equipping ourselves as leaders.
When was the last time you invested in yourself and in your team? Would it help your audio team to have hands-on training? How about information on how to lead your staff? As a first-time attendee at WFX, I'm seeing those concepts in-action.
You might think this conference is solely for worship leaders and technology gurus. However, while the Expo Hall is a candyland of the coolest tech and software, there's also plenty for senior and executive pastors. Here are a few takeaways for us non-techies attending WFX:
- Figure out where the pain is in your community, inform your church about it, and invite them to alleviate that pain.
- If you focus inward, your congregation will look to you for everything. Get your church focused outward, into the community, and the church will grow.
- Consider the "7 Mountains of Culture", including religion, family, government, education, business, entertainment, and media. If you want to influence your city, go to the person at the top of the mountain. Contact them and ask how you can help.
Shared by David Leuschner, Gateway Church, at his presentation: Staff Development.
- Allow your staff to fail (with appropriate safety nets) so they can improve by learning from that failure.
- Implant your church's DNA into your staff. Every statement, every policy, and every action must support your DNA.
- Push the limits of your staff's talent. Everyone has a bit more talent than you actually see they need goals and challenges to bring that talent to the surface.
- Encourage your staff and make sure they know you recognize their talent.
Presented by Dennis Choy, North Coast Church, on Managing Your Staff Members' Different Personalities.
- As a leader, you need to understand your staff. Ask them what roadblocks you can remove so they can do their job.
- Hiring Trap Don't overlook chemistry when deciding to hire a new employee. This individual may be very competent, but would he be a good fit for your team?
- As a leader, part of your role is to provide clear expectations. Teach your team to speak up if they're not clear on what you want. Both sides have a responsibility to communicate.
From staff development to creating a culture of serving your community, the sessions at WFX today covered the gamut. Not only are conferences like WFX great for the information you receive, they're also wonderful opportunities to connect with peers from other churches.
As the Body of Christ, we can (and should) learn from each other, problem-solve together, and encourage one another in ministry.
I'm looking forward to hearing from great speakers tomorrow and meeting more people who're passionate about the local church.
Let's continue to invest in equipping all the saints for the work of ministry so we can all be more effective in reaching the lost.