14 Jan Leadership Training this Sunday
Ministry. It’s what we are all called to. It’s one of the main focuses of the church. But what exactly is it? Is ministry simply doing a Bible study? Is it just serving as an usher, greeter, or mKids volunteer? Or, is it something more specific than that? Could it be that ministry is not only way bigger and way more adventurous than just serving on a team, and yet much more specific and personalized for each of us as followers of Jesus?
Ministry is using the gifts and resources God has given you to meet the needs of others in Christ’s name. And, since every person is uniquely different in the gifts and resources God has given us then ministry can, and will, take on all sorts of forms. From music to hospitality, from financial coaching to being a compassionate listener. Ministry is recognizing the gifting, wiring, passions, desires and resources God has entrusted to you were never meant to terminate on you, but rather they were intended to provide God’s blessing and presence in the lives of other people. I pray that is the kind of church community we seek to be. A community of people who are willing, ready and able to use what God has given us to make His glory and His Kingdom known to the city of Austin.
As such, it is our responsibility (the pastoral staff) to help train and equip you for this work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). One way we are doing this in 2016 is through our upcoming Leadership Training taking place this Sunday, January 17 from 1 pm – 3 pm. This training is typically aimed at training and equipping our community group leaders, but this Sunday we are also bringing in a team from The Center for Relational Care to help us learn how to better walk with people through times of crisis.
Let’s face it, the odds are that if you are involved in a church community long enough at some point you are going to find yourself in a situation where someone you care about is experiencing some kind of pain or loss and is in desperate need to experience God’s grace and goodness through their trial. The question is will we be ready to take those people by the hand and walk them into the “peace of God that surpasses understanding” when that moment arrives. If your answer to that question is no, then this training is where you need to be.
Childcare and lunch will be provided. But you need to register to make sure we have enough childcare workers and food on hand. Looking forward to seeing you there, and to kicking off 2016 focused on what God is calling us to as a church community.