A new set of training notes has just been uploaded to John Truscott's website and circulated in the recent UCAN resources mailing.
NEW: ‘Every member on active service’
The dream that inspires this article is for every member of every church to be actively serving Christ in an appropriate way, using the gifts, enthusiasm and experience they possess for the benefit of all and to build up the body of Christ. This new article sets out five organisational ways to change the culture of your church so that every-member ministry becomes a living reality for service within and outside the church structures. These are the five:
- Make someone responsible
- Think different approaches
- Ensure people fit roles
- Develop training for all
- Design an effective plan
This is not an article on supporting volunteers (it is likely that one will follow later) but on how to turn this biblical principle into reality. If your church has a vision for everyone on active service, here is material to study and apply. Article A43, Every member on active service – how to mobilise your church, is now available without charge on the Articles page of John's website. Use it for your staff team, Trustees/PCC, elders or leadership team.
Other resources on related themes
Here is a range of other resources from John Truscott on themes linked to every-member ministry.
A8 Worker agreements – Appropriate paperwork for churches
A10 An introduction to the art of training – Help people learn
TN10 What do Christians do between Sundays?
TN24 Church members can burn out too
TN31 Affirming volunteers
TN34 Closing down a church activity
TN36 Square pegs in round holes
TN37 To pay or not to pay?
TN41 What makes a group a team
TN55 So who should be in the dock?
TN79 ‘One another’ teams
TN87 What to look for in your leaders
TN90 Put someone in charge
TN100 Why some offer, why some don’t