Training Leaders, Teachers, & Other Ministry Workers is God's Idea
It was He who gave 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 ... (Eph. 4:11-12)
God not only provided the blueprint for the church to function significantly in this world but He also provided the plan for getting there and the resources.
God's Plan: training ... preparing or equipping God's people to serve
God's Resources: gifted people who are empowered by His Spirit to prepare His people
Training People for Ministry Benefits the Whole Church
... 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. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:12-15)
Consider what is at stake, according to Ephesians 4:11-15, when we do not train people for ministry:
- building up of the body
- balance and completeness
- growth of the body into Christ-likeness
God's Word makes it clear that the whole body is affected positively when people are prepared "for works of service." If everybody is not doing their part, and/or if they are not doing it according to His ways and His Word, the Body suffers.
Training People for Service Equips Individual Believers Do Their Parts
From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
If you look at the context of Ephesians 4:16, you see that people doing their part begins with training. Gifted people are used by God "to prepare God's people for works of service." When training is effective, people are equipped and encouraged to do their part. As God's ways for ministry are explained to them their understanding is expanded, their hearts are enlightened, and they are able to envision what God can and wants to do through them. Hence, their life of service is enhanced. As a result, they become more excited and enthused about serving. They are energized and emboldened to do their part. Also Read: E-E-E-E-Effective Ministry Training
Training People to Do Their Part Takes Resources
God provides the resources:
Trainers: those who are spiritually gifted to do so according to Ephesians 4
Textbook: His Word which is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
God will use Training Tools and Resources to equip believers for ministry that line up with God's Word through which the Spirit is pleased to work.
Look for training resources that help you do the following:
- First help people to know what their part is in the Body of Christ.
- Then help people to effectively do their part.
Ministry Tools Resource Center seeks to publish training resources that get people into God's Word, use God's character and ways as the standard, and point them to the Spirit of God as the One who affects change and must therefore be at work in and through them.
Consider these training resources to help people identify their part:
The MAX Pak uses the Everybody Has a Part Curriculum and Spiritual Gifts test to instruct people about God's design for the church and to identify their part in it.
Consider these resources to train people to effectively do their part:
For the Main Ministries of the Church:
To Help Train Teachers in the Church:
Ministry Training is also provided online in the following areas:
Specific Ministry Areas::