We are  frequently asked “What is the Involvement Ministry?”  Our usual response is to begin by letting people know what Involvement Ministry is  not.  It is not about trying to find people a   “job” in the church.   People are busy enough without me coming along and adding something  else to their already full plate.  Neither is Involvement   Ministry about filling slots or plugging people into a rigid church infrastructure.Involvement Ministry is about equipping people  to serve where God is calling them to serve in His Kingdom, for   His  glory, and for building up the body of Christ and carrying out the ministry of Christ. The foundational passage for the Involvement Ministry is

Ephesians 4:11-13 – “It was he who  gave some to be apostles,   some to be prophets, some to be evangelists,  and some to be pastors and   teachers, to prepare God’s people for  works of service, so that the body of   Christ may be built up until we  all reach unity in the faith and in the  knowledge of the Son of God  and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of  the fullness of    Christ.”

Involvement Ministry is actually about helping people become “unbusy.”  This is done by helping people discover their God-given passion,   spiritual gifts, and personal style (or personality) so they can gain a better   understanding where God is calling them to serve.  The next step is to help them   find a ministry that is a good match for who they are (based on their   God-given passion, spiritual gifts, and personal style) and where they   are at this stage in their life.  This is done by connecting them with an    existing ministry in the church or the community, or by creating a new ministry   that is a good fit for them–the focus is on the person and not the   program. The goal is to empower people to say “Yes!” to serve   where God is calling them to serve and where they can be most fruitful and    fulfilled in God’s Kingdom.  While at the same time, to say “No!’ to those areas   where they would be less effective in God’s service and drained of precious time   and energy. Every member of the body is a minister (servant)   equipped and empowered by God to serve in a unique way in the body of Christ so    the ministry of Jesus Christ can be effectively carried out in the world today.    Service in God’s Kingdom, for Christians, is not something  optional, it is our   response to what God has done for us in Christ and  for what He is doing in us   through the Holy Spirit (see Romans  12:1-9; 1 Peter 4:10-11; and Ephesians   2:8-10).  When we serve where God is calling us and empowering us to serve, then   we will grow and mature spiritually and so will the body of Christ–the   church.

Purpose

The purpose of the involvement ministry is discipleship and  spiritual   formation–it is about helping individuals mature  spiritually through the use of   their God-given design (passion,  spiritual gifts, personal style) to serve in   the body of Christ and  the community, so that the whole church can become   spiritually mature,  reflecting the love of Christ, carrying out the ministry of   Jesus,  and experiencing spiritual and numerical growth for the glory of   God.

Primary Objective

The overall objective is to design   and oversee a  comprehensive ministry system that helps lead Christian and    non-Christian visitors, and active and inactive members, into meaningful    relationships and ministry at the Siwell Road Church of Christ.

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