By Gary Rohrmayer
The first skill is that of empowering others. They know how to spot, raise up, disciple, coach and mentor others into the mission of God. The second skill deals with sustaining those relationships..The third skill revolves around getting groups of people doing mission together.
3. Creating ministry teams.
Teamwork is essential to achieving God's missional purposes. One man said, "It is not biblical to think of ministering alone." Jesus modeled ministering to large crowds (Matthew 7:28) along with ministering within a small unit or a team where more intimacy and authenticity was cultivated. (Luke 6:12-16) Paul went out on mission endeavors with a ministry partner and a ministry apprentice. (Acts 13:1-5; 16:1) The early church launched large (Acts 2:41) and at the same time grew small as they met in homes sharing their lives together. (Acts 2:46) There are no Lone Rangers in Christianity. By the way, didn't the Lone Ranger have Tonto on his side?
Missional leaders know that their church will only grow as large as its capacity to provide ongoing care through a network of small groups and ministry teams. They understand that their church's impact will only extend to the point that they are continually developing shepherd leaders to lead, care and mobilize these little platoons for mission. They have experienced the power of seeing mentoring relationships spring out of the smaller settings of ministry. They have seen these small groups adopted a family in need and minister to them with personal care. They know that these groups are not just an add-on or just another program in the church but the very health center of the church.
Missional leaders see the great opportunities that small groups promise but they also see the great pitfalls that they can bring. This is why they spend hours training, coaching and encouraging leaders. This is why they start with great care, manage them with close supervision and continually remind them that they are not church huddles but missional communities.
Questions for Reflection:
· Is it easier for you to do ministry alone?
· Who could shadow you in your ministry?
· What do you look for in a team leader or smail group leader?
· Who are the ministry apprentices that you are mentoring?
· Do your small groups focus more like mission points or shepherding circles?
· What are you doing to deal with that tension?
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Excerpt from NextSteps for Leading a Missional Church