Welcome to the “One Step Higher” blog. Each week I will be addressing issues related to our “Triangular Offense/ Determined Intentionality” Playbook and to be more specific to offer tips, ideas and motivation that will assist you in developing your small group’s or home group’s individual ministry plan.
I received a good honest question that I believe others may be asking themselves. (Question has been reformatted for space).
“I work with a class of young/middle age parents. They are so overly committed to their 40-60 hour per week jobs and trying to find time for family activities, we can’t even staff two positions in our class much less all the teams mentioned in the playbook. Are we taking that into consideration?”
Thank you for your question. One of the premises of Triangular Offense is to get more people doing smaller bits of ministry. Since I don’t know anything about your class in particular, I would be interested in knowing what the two positions are that haven’t been filled.
Sometimes we don’t clearly communicate what we expect of people and they are reticent to respond to an ill-defined responsibility.
At your next class social, or even over a Sunday lunch if most of the class is present, ask how many attended the Wineskins conference. If there are only a few, then schedule a 90-minute social with appetizers and have everyone watch the dvd. It is just 88 minutes long for both of the teaching sessions and the challenge. At that point, have some discussion about priorities of work, home and ministry. Even if no one offers to step up in a particular role, the discussion gives you leverage for continuing conversations with individuals or the group as a whole when you meet together. Make what looks like a difficult challenge a prayer concern. Did not Jesus tell us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest for workers? Luke 10:2 and Matt 9:38
Remember, getting everyone on board with a vision takes time. We don’t get there in one big step but in many small steps. Don’t be discouraged. The Lord has not asked us to do something that He has not already resourced!
Next week I’ll deal with another question. For now, most of our classes and groups are praying and working to select a CMT ( Class Ministry Team ) leader. This may be the most important decision you will make with regard to long term fruitfulness. Don’t just pick the least resistant person! :) Seek out God’s person. Whether it is a man or woman or a couple, they need to have a heart for God, a heart for people and be results oriented.
Your staff age group minister and I will be meeting with many of you in the next couple of weeks. I look forward to every opportunity to meet with you and explore how we can fulfill the Great Commission through our Bible study organization.
And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do?”
Posted By: Rick Ray