The Local Church: The Training Ground for Ministry & The Impact of Mentoring – Phil Newton

Local ChurchOver at the Founders Ministries blog, Phil Newton wrote:

In a recent conversation with a seminary professor, we talked on a topic of great interest to me as a pastor engaged in training the next generation. He told of how he has been teaching Greek to members of his local church. He said that they started out with a class of fifty-five and ended up with six, but that decline in participation did not discourage him. He said that those six church members could now read their Greek New Testament. And they did it all without enrolling in seminary! He added that he thought the local church should be involved in training its people for gospel ministry. I agreed. Our discussion continued on the local church as the focal point of training men and women for gospel work to the nations.

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He came out with a second part this morning:

In my last blog post I addressed the local church as the training ground for ministry. This post will look more specifically at the matter of pastoral mentoring for training gospel workers following the pattern of Jesus.

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20+ Free Lectures & Q&A on Church Ministry From Reformed Baptist Seminary

Some more excellent free resources from Reformed Baptist Seminary:

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Lecture 01 – Our Church’s Journey in Ministry – Christman
Lecture 01 – Our Church’s Journey in Ministry – Christman
Pastor Ted Christman shares the lessons he’s learned from 40 years of pastoral experience.

Lecture 02 – Our Church’s Journey in Evangelism – Hendrix
Lecture 02 – Our Church’s Journey in Evangelism – Hendrix
Pastor Gary Hendrix shares the various methods and strategies his church has employed in order to reach the lost.

Lecture 03 – The Three Dimensional Church – Christman
Lecture 03 – The Three Dimensional Church – Christman
Pastor Christman sets forth a church ministry philosophy and vision that entails an upward, inward, and outward focus.

Lecture 04 – Contextualization & Church Ministry, Pt 1 – Gonzales
Lecture 04 – Contextualization & Church Ministry, Pt 1 – Gonzales
Dr Bob Gonzales discusses the topic of contextualization and church ministry, providing an exegetically derived definition and description of what it means to become “all things to all men.”

Lecture 05 – Contextualization & Church Ministry, Pt 2 – Gonzales
Lecture 05 – Contextualization & Church Ministry, Pt 2 – Gonzales
In this lecture, entitled “Communication That Connects,” Dr Gonzales discusses the contextualization of the gospel message.

Lecture 06 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Foreman
Lecture 06 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Foreman
Pastor Matt Foreman opens the topic of worship by providing a redemptive historical overview of worship in the Bible.

Lecture 07 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Foreman
Lecture 07 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Foreman
Pastor Foreman continues his survey of worship in the Bible, focusing in this lecture primarily on the NT data.

Lecture 08 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 3 – Foreman
Lecture 08 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 3 – Foreman
Pastor Foreman addresses the distinction between worship as a way of life and corporate worship, stressing the importance of the distinction.

Lecture 09 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 4 – Foreman
Lecture 09 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 4 – Foreman
Pastor Foreman continues his study on corporate worship with a special focus on the Regulative Principle of worship and its distinction between elements and circumstances.

Lecture 10 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 5 – Foreman
Lecture 10 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 5 – Foreman

In this lecture Pastor Foreman provides a survey of the liturgy of the various ecclesiastical traditions through the history of the church. 

 

Lecture 11 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 6 – Foreman
Lecture 11 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 6 – Foreman

Pastor Foreman discusses the important place music plays in the worship of God.   

 

Lecture 12 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 7 – Foreman
Lecture 12 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 7 – Foreman

In this lecture Pastor Foreman provides practical guidelines for music and worship. 

 

Lecture 13 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 8 – Foreman
Lecture 13 – Worship & Church Ministry, Part 8 – Foreman

In this final lecture on worship Pastor Foreman discusses “special occasions” such as weddings and funerals.

Lecture 14 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Clint
Lecture 14 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Clint
Pastor Chad Clint discusses the importance of the church being a “missional community,” rooting our ministry in our identity.

Lecture 15 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Clint
Lecture 15 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Clint
In this lecture Pastor Clint discusses various practical ways to foster missional community in the church.

Lecture 16 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 3 – Clint
Lecture 16 – Community & Church Ministry, Part 3 – Clint

Pastor Clint discusses various types of intra-church ministries to children, teens, singles, young couples, etc. 

Lecture 17 – Discipleship & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Selph
Lecture 17 – Discipleship & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Selph

Pastor Bob Selph discusses the biblical basis and importance of discipleship in this lecture which he’s entitled, “Purposing Reproduction.” 

Lecture 18 – Discipleship & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Selph
Lecture 18 – Discipleship & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Selph

In this lecture entitled “Practicing Replication” Pastor Selph focuses on the practical ways in which the pastor and a church may disciple one another. 

Lecture 19 – Adminstration & Church Ministry – Selph
Lecture 19 – Adminstration & Church Ministry – Selph

Pastor Selph discusses the importance of church administration and offers practical suggestions for efficient administration.

Lecture 20 – Technology & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Gonzales
Lecture 20 – Technology & Church Ministry, Part 1 – Gonzales

Dr Gonzales provides a basic definition of technology as well as a biblical theology of technology and culture.

Lecture 21 – Technology & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Gonzales
Lecture 21 – Technology & Church Ministry, Part 2 – Gonzales

In this lecture Dr Gonzales focuses on various technologies that are employed for outreach, for discipleship, for community, and for worship.  

Lecture 22 – Q&A Session
Lecture 22 – Q&A Session

In this brief “Question & Answer” session, Pastors Selph, Foreman, Clint, and Gonzales field questions from students concerning church ministry.

How Older Members Brighten the Future of the Church – Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, explains “How Older Members Brighten the Future of the Church”:

…We have congregations of people “trying to figure life out” largely alone. Great amounts of time get invested in helping young people negotiate the choppy waters of early adulthood, middle-aged people work their way through challenges of marriage, family, and career, and older persons figure out meaning late in life sometimes without much-loved spouses, declining  health, and shrinking numbers of living peers. Pastors and elders mistakenly think they must become masters of each stage of life, counsel people through every opportunity and difficulty, and be there in every circumstance. But, actually, the Bible instructs the pastor to teach the congregation to be there for one another and does so by tying the generations together so that the built-in expertise of old age gets leveraged for every younger generation. It’s a beautiful thing.

In this way older members of the local church become the front line of discipleship and care. They brighten the future of the church by teaching younger members how to live out the faith, how to avoid mistakes, seize opportunities, practically apply the word of God to their lived realities….

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Are Denominations Worth It? Tom Ascol & Others Answer

Journal_magazine_MayJun9Marks asked a roundtable of pastors the same question: Are denominations worth it? Here are their answers:

Tom Ascol answers:

Are denominations worth it? That depends on what your definition of “it” is. It is obviously valuable to cooperate for common causes that are germane to their mission. The New Testament points to the financial cooperation of churches in Macedonia, Achaia and Galatia (1 Cor. 16:12 Cor. 8:1-7), the doctrinal cooperation between the churches in Jerusalem and Antioch (Acts 15:1-35), and the missionary cooperation referenced in 2 Corinthians 8:19. So cooperation among local churches is obviously biblical and can be beneficial in many practical ways.

However, such cooperation is not dependent on any particular denominational structure. That has never been truer than in our present day of instant and multi-faceted communication. The emergence of so many affinity networks among churches over the last ten years is a testimony to that.

A denomination of churches, such as the Southern Baptist Convention to which my church belongs, is not a church and thus lacks ecclesial authority. But it can still be “worth it” to the extent that it helpfully assist churches by providing avenues for cooperative ventures in a wide variety of ministry opportunities.

Tom Ascol is the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.

Read the other answers from Tim Cantrell, Tim Keller, Matt O’Reilly, Richard Phillips, and Carl Trueman here.

Building Biblical Churches Conference Audio From The Spurgeon Fellowship Of Florida

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The Spurgeon Fellowship of Florida hosted its first regional conference for the year 2013 in Pensacola, Fl at Mt. Zion Bible Church on February 15th-16th. The topic of the conference was Building Biblical Churches.

The sermon topics were The Gospel, Evangelism/Discipleship, Conversion, Biblical Preaching, Biblical Theology, Church Membership, Church Discipline, and Church Leadership.

Our Speakers were (starting photo left):

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Joshua Henry, Robb Coleman, Jeff Hunter, Jonny White, Chris Hatton, Joshua Wallnofer and Jeff Pollard.

The prayer behind this conference was that the Lord would use this conference to promote unity, cooperation, and fellowship among like-minded local churches.

Conference audio:

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[source: Spurgeon Fellowship of Florida]

Jon Speed explains why BAMH decided to separate themselves from AHA

In the above video, Jon Speed explains why “Babies Are Murdered Here” (an abortion documentary in the works, see trailer here) is no longer working with para-church ministry Abolish Human Abortion.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with the methods used, this video shows the difference between a Reformed Baptist ecclesiology vs. modern (21st Century American) parachurch ecclesiology.

John Speed is Pastor of Christ is King Baptist Church of Syracuse, NY.

Who Speaks for Reformed Baptists (Part 2)

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The 1689 Confession itself best defines a Reformed Baptist Church.

 

Our Confession is the best safeguard for the local congregation and for Reformed Baptists as a whole.

 

In a sea with so many diverse and changeable voices, the Confession tells the world what we, as Particular Baptists (what called themselves) or Reformed Baptists (the more modern term), believe.  It gives us a point of unity and heritage with our like-minded reformed brethren.  It stands as the definitive Statement of Faith for our churches.  Our Confession speaks for us and has stood the test of time.  We should learn from it, study the heritage behind it, and discover in even greater ways from our Particular Baptist forefathers the truths contained in that age old document.  It does a great job defining “the things most surely believed among us.”

by Steve Marquedant for Reformed Baptist Fellowship (full text here)

Part 1 here.