are the signs we should be looking for? As we make our decisions, what should
we be trying to develop? What is our goal – our mission – our strategy?
► God’s empowering
presence. We must remember that the
ultimate goal is to seek His face and worship Him.
James 4:8-10 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash
your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be
tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep
grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.
When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he
will lift you up and give you honor.
·Psalm 145:18-19 The Lord
is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who
fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
Deuteronomy 4:7 For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us
whenever we call on him?
Hebrews So let us come boldly to the throne of
our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace
to help us when we need it.
1 Peter And remember that the heavenly Father to
whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you
according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during
your time as foreigners here on earth.
► Investment in
inspiring, God-exalting, genuine worship. The services
should exhibit a “revival” atmosphere. A pervading spirit of
joy and enthusiasm.
Luke 4:8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must
worship the Lord your God; serve only him.’”
2 Chronicles The trumpeters and singers performed
together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals,
and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is so
good! His faithful love endures forever!”
heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of
worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and
giving thanks— it was the sound of a great celebration!
healthy pursuit of excellence.
Ecclesiastes Whatever you do, do well. For when you go
to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. A
healthy dedication to excellence.
·Philippians 1:9-10 And this I pray, that your love may abound (i.e.,
excel) still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you
may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless
until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness
which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
·2 Corinthians 8:7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge,
and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you—make sure that you
excel in this act of kindness too.
·1 Thessalonians 3:12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound
(excel) in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, so that
your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and
Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
·1 Thessalonians 4:1Finally then, brethren, we
request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received from us instruction
as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk),
that you may excel still more. (NASB)
·1 Thessalonians For indeed you do practice it (love) toward all the brethren
who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to
excel still more (NASB)
·1 Corinthians So whether
you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. (NET)
·Matthew 23:37-38 Jesus said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest
► Indigenous worship. The worship should reflect and appeal to our local culture. There
should be cultural relevance or connectedness.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 This means I am not bound to obey people just because
they pay me, yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring
them to Christ. When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I
can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws,
I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can
bring them to Christ. When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the
Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their
confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God;
I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are oppressed, I share
their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find
common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. I do all
this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.
·Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for streams of
water, so I long for you, O God. I
thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and stand before him?
► Strong Christology.Experientially focused on Jesus Christ.
1 John And this is his commandment: We must
believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just
as he commanded us.
John 14:6-7 Jesus told
him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
one can come to the Father except through me.If you had known who I am, then you would have known who
my Father is. From now on you
know him and have seen him!”
► Trust in God
evidenced by a strong, vital prayer life.
1 Thessalonians Keep on praying.
Ephesians Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy
Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians
1 Timothy 2:8 So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy
hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
appetite for the Word. Strong emphasis on biblically accurate
·Psalm 119:131 I open my mouth, panting expectantly, longing for your
to do what the Scriptures command – no more, no less.If
the Scriptures and broad and vague, then let our interpretation be equally
broad. But if the Scriptures are specific and detailed, then the
application should be specific and detailed.
·Psalm 119:21 You rebuke those cursed proud ones
who wander from your commands.
orientation. We must keep in mind that
we are here to build the kingdom of God. Not to
build a building or a large congregation. We must understand what “building the
Matthew 6:32b-33 Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs,and he will give you all you need from day to day if you
live for him and make the Kingdom of God your
Philippians 2:3-4 Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression
on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t
think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and
what they are doing.
► Service to the
needy people of our community.
James 1:27 Pure and
lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care
for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world
1 Timothy 5:3 The church should care for any widow who has no one
else to care for her.
1 John 3:17-18 But
if anyone has enough money to live well, and sees a brother or sister in
need and refuses to help—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear
children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show
it by our actions.
defined mission/purpose. Specific, concrete mission
objectives.A clear sense of mission.
Proverbs 1316: Wise
people think before they act; fools don’t and even brag about it!
Proverbs 14:8 The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive
Proverbs 21:5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but
hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes
precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
broadly owned vision. The people have caught the vision and are excited and
running with it.
Exodus 36:5-7 “We have more than enough
materials on hand now to complete the job the Lord has given us to do!” they exclaimed. So Moses gave
the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Bring no more
materials! You have already given more than enough.” So the people stopped
bringing their offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to
complete the whole project.
► Reproduction. People are being saved.
go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
► Discipleship.Strategically building the believers. Getting
our people involved in systematic theological growth. Incorporation
Matthew 28:20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I
have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end
of the age.”
growing attendance and membership.
Proverbs A growing population is a king’s glory; a dwindling nation is his
exercise of spiritual gifts. A growing number of people involved in
weekly ministry. Ongoing equipping of the workers. Lay
Romans 12:6-8 God has
given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has
given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God
is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve
them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift
is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If
God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.
And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Ephesians 4:11-14 He
is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets,
the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is
to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body
Note: We tend to think of elders
as “professional Christians” who are to do the work of the church. They are the
“hired men” whom we pay to service us. But the biblical view is that the elders
are to equip the PEOPLE to do the work of the church.
generation focused ministry. Several competent programs and
1 Corinthians 9:20-23 When I am with
the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I
am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am
not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with
the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as
I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But
I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with
those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring
them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I
might bring them to Christ. I do all this to spread the Good News, and in
doing so I enjoy its blessings.
Note: We must make sure that the
Gospel is presented in a way that is appropriate to each generation and class
Luke 17:1-2 He said to
His disciples, "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe
to him through whom they come! It would be better
for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into
the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.
Note: We must make sure that
there is nothing standing in the way of communication of the Gospel including
complexity of language or concepts.
Luke Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.”
Note: We must make sure that
there is nothing hindering people (including children) from coming to Christ.
preference for providing abundant resources to enhance ministry over
2 Chronicles 2:5-6 This will be a magnificent Temple because our God is an
awesome God, greater than any other. But who can really build him a worthy
home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to
consider building a Temple for him, except as a
place to burn sacrifices to him?
Note: There is nothing wrong with
beautiful, grand buildings. But we must recognize that their primary purpose is
simply a place to come worship.
1 Kings 8:27 But will God really live on earth? Why, even the
highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!
Note: We cannot vest a lot of
importance in any given building because God does not reside in buildings.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit
of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this
temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.
Note: People are the temple of God. Therefore if we are to
invest, the lion’s share should be in people, in ministry – not facilities.
► Holistic small
emphasis on developing significant relationships within the congregation.A commitment to loving/caring relationships. A growing
number of people connected to one another in discipleship groups.
Proverbs 27:6, 9, 17
Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy… The
heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense…As iron
sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.
James Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that
you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great
power and wonderful results.
Note: We all need the mutual
accountability that is simply impossible in a large group setting. The small
groups allow for intimacy and relationship building that can lead to this
► Proper balance of
the dynamic relationship between the congregation and the cell groups.
people are to…
Hebrews Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to
watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give
them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly
not be for your benefit.
the leaders are to…
1 Peter 5:2-3 Care for
the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not
for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your
all are to…
1 Corinthians , 12 Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the
authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among
yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won’t be divisions
in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose…Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of
Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or
“I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Can Christ be divided into
pieces? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the
name of Paul?
Note: We must not follow men,
but the Scriptures; the Spirit rather than tradition.
► Positive attitudes.Relating positively to one’s environment.
Mark Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly
speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or
rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it
keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about
injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives
up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every
► Openness to change.A teachable spirit. Learning and growing in
Proverbs Intelligent people are always open to new
ideas. In fact, they look for them.
·Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for
everything, a season for every activity under heaven.
Ephesians 4:11-14 He is the one who
gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the
evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to
equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of
Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s
Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the
full stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be like children, forever
changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us
something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made
the lie sound like the truth.
Titus 1:9 He must have
a strong and steadfast belief in the trustworthy message he was taught;
then he will be able to encourage others with right teaching and
show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
► Pastoral and lay
·1 Timothy 3:2 For an elder must be a man whose
life cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exhibit
self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having
guests in his home and must be able to teach.
·Titus 1:8 He (the elder) must enjoy having guests in his home and
must love all that is good. He must live wisely and be fair. He must live a
devout and disciplined life.
·Acts 2:45-46 Andall the believers met
together constantly and shared everything they had. They sold their possessions
and shared the proceeds with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes
for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity
► Corporate and
segment multiplication of shepherds.A reliance on multiplicity of leadership rather than centralization
Acts This they did, entrusting their gifts to
Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders (plural) of the church in Jerusalem.
Acts Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders (plural) in every church and prayed
for them with fasting, turning them over to the care of the Lord, in whom
they had come to trust.
Acts 15:4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, Paul and Barnabas
were welcomed by the whole church, including the apostles and elders (plural). They reported on what God
had been doing through their ministry.
Proverbs Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
with many counselors, there is safety.
Proverbs Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring
► Strong, strategic
Proverbs Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Note: Leadership must encourage
godliness in the people. That means honesty, justice, honor, keeping our word
Proverbs A king rejoices in servants who know what they are doing; he is
angry with those who cause trouble.
Note: Leadership needs to look
for competent people and promote them. It needs to develop and train the people
so that the overall quality and excellence improves with time. It needs to
discourage incompetence and trouble making.
Proverbs The king speaks with divine wisdom; he
must never judge unfairly.
Note: If the leadership speaks,
it must not be with the wisdom or philosophies of men, but of God. We must be known
for judging fairly
Proverbs A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his
Note: The leadership must develop
a distaste for wrongdoing both in itself and in our
people. Particularly in an all-volunteer organization like a church leadership
must be based on justice.
Proverbs 20:26 A wise
king finds the wicked, lays them out like wheat, then runs the crushing
wheel over them.
Note: Deliberate obtuseness and
incompetence, divisiveness and self-seeking must not be tolerated.
Proverbs 21:5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but
hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Note: You just can’t beat the
basics: plan your work, then work your plan. Don’t be
tempted to use shortcuts and half measures. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth
► Wise administration
and mutual accountability.
Proverbs Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
with many counselors, there is safety.
Note: Wise leadership is
necessary for an organization to succeed. Wise leadership includes the input of
many wise counselors.
► Stewardship and
generosity. Holistic stewardship
practices. Solid financial resources.
9:6-11 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small
crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must
each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give
reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives
cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always
have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the
Scriptures say, “Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good
deeds will never be forgotten.” For God is the one who gives seed to the
farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many
opportunities to do good, and he will produce a
great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched so that you
can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who
need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God.
Matthew 25:29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will
be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are
unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.
► Organized to
facilitate highly effective ministry. Streamlined, functional
structures that encourage solid, participatory decision making.
Exodus 18:18-23 You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too.
This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now let
me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue
to be the people’s representative before God, bringing him their questions
to be decided. You should tell them God’s decisions, teach them God’s laws
and instructions, and show them how to conduct their lives. But find some
capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as judges
over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. These men can
serve the people, resolving all the ordinary cases. Anything that is too
important or too complicated can be brought to you. But they can take care
of the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load,
making the task easier for you. If you follow this advice, and if God directs
you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these
people will go home in peace.
► Dedication to
equipping individuals and families to minister to themselves.Emphasis on teaching and developing personal
1 Peter 2:9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.
You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own
possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he
called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Corinthians 12:7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a
means of helping the entire church.
Ephesians 6:4 And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children
angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the
discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.
► Collaboration and
with the regional Body of Christ.
collaborate on matters of theological import. (Acts 15)
collaborate on matters of financial aid. (Acts 11:29-30)
collaborate on matters of practical import. (1 Corinthians 11:16)
Adequate space and
facilities for the ministries to function.