This is the new number one on my “Why haven’t I thought of that before” list. I was talking to a friend of mine tonight and we were talking about ministry and I had an idea that I really think I should have had before.
Our church is pretty typical in that we are having a hard time implementing a consistent discipleship strategy. People are busy and leaders are burned out and while everyone knows it is vital we can’t seem to stop ministering to get back to learning–even though we know that eventually this road will lead to ruin.
So tonight I had this idea, and it is still in its infancy, but I think it has promise. Why not combine ministry and discipleship. I know that this sounds like a “DUH’ type thing, but it is a strategy that we have never really pushed before. What I envision are ministry teams (like we have now) that get together to train to do ministry while at the same time are training to do life. Think of this as a worship team devotional on steroids if you will. The ministry team becomes the small group. It would be cool if someone other than the ministry leader was in charge of the devotional part of it so that one person doesn’t have to do it all. Also, the person in charge of practice or the actual job can too easily get focused on the “work” instead of the ministry part of it. The cool thing is that this puts people together who have common interests and doesn’t add much more to their schedule. Also, the best way for people to grow closer is to work together.
I know that these are things that should happen anyway, but they aren’t happening. It would be neat to see this as the backbone of real discipleship. It would take some work at the start to get the leaders trained, but after that the groups would be sort of self-sustaining. I envision times during the year when the whole church (every ministry group) would be doing the same study and then other times when the groups would be free to go after their own interests.
So is this something that you have seen before? What are some of the pros and cons that I am missing?