Ministry Training Beyond Skill Development

Training Category: Staffing Ministry

So often we think of ministry training as skill development relevant to the different types of ministries. But, ministry training can be so much more. The following acrostic gives ideas of what can be provided as part of your in-service training that includes task development but goes beyond to minister to the whole person and to provide assistance in a timely manner in a variety of ways with the focus always on God.

Acrostic with Elements to Include in In-Service Ministry Training

Staffing Ministry Manual for Training HelpThe following acrostic is included in the Staffing Ministry Manual with a brief explanation of each element.

Task Development

Resource Recommendations

Assessment of Progress

Input from Supervisor

Nurture of Walk with God

Inspiration to Do One’s Best

Need-Based Help


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Training Category: Staffing Ministry

Once we’ve assessed ministry needs, we’re ready to start recruiting people to accomplish these goals. But, staffing ministry doesn’t end there. People need to be trained. Effective training of volunteer church and ministry workers needs to be on-going. A more comprehensive approach to training begins before they’re placed into ministry and ends when they’re ready to leave that position. By so doing you will help them more effectively serve now and in the future.

Types of Ministry Training Needed to be Most Effective:

The Staffing Ministry Manual lists the following types of training, along with other help on training, in addition to more topics related to staffing:

(1) Pre-Service Training:

After you recruit people and before you actually place them into the ministry position, you should provide them with at least training of the basic skills required for the task and orientation to prepare them for what they will be doing. This training could include observation, classroom instruction, or an internship/apprenticeship. The combination of the three would be ideal.

(2) In-Service Training:

Training should be an on-going process. Everyone has room to learn and grow. The next post will provide elements of effective in-service training. (You can subscribe to receive e-mail notice of new posts.)

(3) Post-Service Debriefing:

People may leave a ministry position for a variety of reasons. To help them for future ministry, take time to sit down with them to discuss what they liked about the ministry they were doing, what they didn’t like, and how they can take what they learned into future ministry.

Means of Communicating the Gospel Message

Training Category: Outreach Ministry

Outreach Manual on Communicating the Gospel Message

We’ve already looked at the Mandate, Motivation, Messengers, and Message we have to communicate with others.

Read: Communicating the Gospel Message by Verbally Witnessing

Please Note: The following content on this page is included in the Outreach Ministry Manual. Click on the image or link to learn more.

How Do We Communicate the Gospel Message

Read through the New Testament and you will find a variety of means used in communicating the Gospel Message.

Matt. 28:18-20 – teach
How? — “go and make disciples of all nations”
Acts 1:8 – witness
How? — “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you”
2 Cor. 5:11-13 – persuade
How? — “not trying to commend ourselves to you” “For Christ’s love compels us”
2 Cor. 5:19-20 – appeal to
How? — “as though God were making his appeal through us”
2 Cor. 5:20 – implore
How? — “on Christ’s behalf”
2 Tim. 1:8 – testify
How? — “do not be ashamed”
2 Tim. 4:2-5 – preach, correct, rebuke, encourage
How? — “with great patience and careful instruction”

The Conclusion about Communicating the Gospel Message:

That the Good News of Jesus Christ must get verbally communicated is a given. The means by which it gets communicated is the variable. We must never lose sight of the message.

  • The Gospel must remain central and not be lost in the process of trying to be relevant.
  • The Gospel must remain intact and not be watered down.

When the Apostle Paul said “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:19-23) notice what he adapted. He said “I” have become all things, not the message. He used “all possible MEANS” but still preached the same Gospel message.

Labor Day Is . . .

Labor Day Reflections for Christians in the Workforce

Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday of September in the U.S. and Canada, is a holiday to honor the labor movement and contributions workers have made. Other countries celebrate it on the first of May.

As Christians, we can use this day to reflect on work from God’s vantage.

Reflections for Christians in the Workforce: Labor Day Is …

a time to reflect on the provision of having a job and be grateful to God.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God. (Eccl. 3:13)

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil – this is a gift of God. (Eccl. 5:18-19)

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Deut. 8:10-14)

a time to reflect on the profit of work and understand how the benefits of working outweigh living on welfare when you don’t have to.

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Prov. 10:4)

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. (Prov. 12:11)

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Prov. 14:23)

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. (Prov. 18:9)

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. (Eph. 4:28)

a time to reflect on the purpose in working beyond the paycheck and let it affect your attitudes and motivations in going to work.

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col. 3:17)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Col. 3:23)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)

a time to reflect on the pause from labor and admit your need for renewal.

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, … For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Ex. 20:9-11)

a time to reflect on the priorities greater than a job and maintain perspective.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (Jn. 6:27)

Nuts & Bolts Ministries: Empowered by God

Training Category: Nuts & Bolts Ministries

Empowered by God for Ministry Through Spiritual Gifts

God empowers people for ministry by giving them spiritual gifts. While personality can also affect how the work is done, spiritual gifts are special divine empowerments, not natural talents or inclinations.

In serving, however, no matter what we do, we should put all of who we are into all of who God is and let Him use us to His glory.

Spiritual Gifts Most Used in Nuts and Bolts Ministries:

The following spiritual gifts empower people to do clerical, communications, facilities and grounds maintenance, hospitality, staff support, technical services, and other service-oriented types of ministry. We’re calling these Nuts & Bolts Ministries because of how they tend to hold church life together.

Helps (1 Cor. 12:28)

People with the spiritual gift of helps come alongside of others in ministry to provide relief from certain tasks that frees them up to do other responsibilities. As a result, the other person’s ministry is enhanced.

Hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9-10)

Someone with the spiritual gift of hospitality serves people, even strangers, in ways that are warm and welcoming. As a result, people feel comfortable and like they belong.

Service (Rom. 12:7)

People with the spiritual gift of service tend to notice tasks that need to be done and do what they can, however simple or menial. As a result, undone tasks are seen through to completion.

The following gift might also be used when organizing, coordination, and planning are needed and not simply doing a task.

Administration (1 Cor. 12:28)

People with the spiritual gift of administration provide the guidance needed to accomplish tasks. They might do some of the tasks themselves but might also delegate responsibilities to others. As a result, these ministries are done in an efficient manner, most effectively using available resources.

Empowered by God through Spiritual Gifts

When we understand that spiritual gifts are special divine empowerments and that God has specific gifts to use in these kinds of Nuts & Bolts ministries, it should help us:

  • View these kinds of services as ministry.
  • Value those who do these kinds of ministries.
  • Recruit so appropriately gifted people are in these kinds of nuts and bolts ministries.

The Nuts and Bolts Ministry Manual contains the content in this post and also looks at how different personality traits fit into the mix of who can or should serve in these types of ministries.



Nuts & Bolts Ministries: All Ministries Valued

Training Category: Nuts & Bolts Ministries

All Ministries Valued - Nuts & Bolts Ministry
According to Ephesians 4:16, everybody has a part in contributing to God’s work through the Church. And, all parts should be valued according to 1 Corinthians 12, not just those with more visible, upfront types of ministries like teachers or leaders.

It also includes the more behind-the-scenes, less visible ministries such as clerical, communications, facilities and grounds maintenance, hospitality, staff support, technical services, and other service-oriented types of ministry.

All Ministries Valued Based on God’s Assessment

If we look at verses in 1 Corinthians 12 we see the value of all ministries based on God’s intent.

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Cor. 12:18)

God knows what He is doing. He designed each one of us to serve where He deems important.

If we were to be able to do a cross section of the church at large in terms of the distribution of spiritual gifts, we would undoubtedly find a large percentage of people with the spiritual gifts of helps and service, two of the primary gifts used in these kinds of ministries. Yet, we tend to put more emphasis, or even more value, on those with the gifts of pastor, teaching, leadership, evangelism, or missionary. God, however, knew that the behind-the-scenes types of ministry would be important to holding church life together and that it would take many people to do it. Because of how they tend to hold things together, we’ll call their serving Nuts & Bolts Ministry.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable (1 Cor. 12:21-22)

God puts great value on the nuts and bolts kinds of ministries. According to Thayers Lexicon, the Greek word used for “indispensable” in the above verse signifies that which is necessary, what one cannot do without. Though we might put more emphasis on the upfront leadership and teaching gifts, God does not. In a very real sense, people involved in what we are calling the nuts and bolts ministries, are like the hands and feet of the church.

and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (1 Cor. 12:23-25)

God is the One who has made these kinds of ministries honorable. If God considers people doing these types of ministries valuable, who are we to place less value on them? Rather, we should be protecting and affirming people doing nuts and bolts kinds of ministries. We must guard against elevating certain ministries as more noble.

Not only are the contributions of those doing nuts and bolts kinds of ministry to be valued, like other ministries, they are also essential to the big picture. (Click link to read more.)

The Nuts & Bolts Ministry Manual includes the above content plus implications of it for those serving in these ways, for pastors and leaders overseeing them, and for the Body at large. It also contains a page for each of the six broad categories of ministries, listed in the second paragraph above, discussing the value of it for the Church and implications for those serving in that way, for those overseeing them, and for members of the Body benefiting from their service.