By Dan Vis
January 27, 2020
Revival only spreads through aggressive service, and this track will help you to do just that. Keep reading to learn the essential skills of building an effective life ministry, that can genuinely reach your community...
Want to know what the hardest step in disciple-making is? It's not teaching someone to memorize. You can share an overview of that in just 10 or 20 minutes. And if they stick with the plan, that person will soon have dozens, or even hundreds of verses. Teaching practical discipleship is a bit more challenging, just because there are more areas to cover: Bible study, a prayer journal, time management, personal witnessing. But these skills are also pretty straightforward. And if a person works at it, they can master any of these skills in time.
But teaching someone to go on and become a consistent, effective, soul-winner is a whole different level of challenge. That's the goal of our LEADERSHIP track.
It's an important goal, isn't it? Our MEMORIZATION track can lead to a radical transformation in your life. And our DISCIPLESHIP track can lead to real change in your church. But if you want to have an explosive impact in your community, you are going to have to go further!
Think about it this way: it's not really too hard to completely saturate a church, and train everyone who is interested in being trained, in a relatively short period of time. But when you run out of people, that process inevitably grinds to a stop. If you want to see the multiplication process continue, you have to learn how to reach out into your community, and start seeing people come to Christ in your church on a regular basis. New members are the life-blood of any church that's serious about training. There's no way around it.
And ultimately, reaching new people, should be the whole point of our training. It's the whole point of the Great Commission. And if our training fails to fulfill that ultimate objective, how effective really, is it?
Churches everywhere are languishing, and have plateaued or are in decline. But Bible memorization can spark revival in hearts. And personal discipleship can keep revival burning bright. But ministry leadership, is what will bring revival to the streets of our town. Get ready!
We've designed this training track to operate somewhat as a series of stand alone training modules. You can complete these in any order--and focus on just the ministry skills that interest you most.
But there's actually a certain logic to these modules, and we recommend mastering each component in order. Each builds on the one before, and ultimately, evangelism works best when you have all of the pieces in place, working together. Completing the entire track will take some time, but it's worth the effort.
Here are the 5 main modules in this track, and why we've put them in the order we did. Think of it as an overview of our outreach philosophy:
1. Church Training
The first skill you need as a worker, actually has to do with equipping your church. Learning to appreciate the power and potential of the local church, and then putting systems in place to maximize your church is our first goal. After all, if your church isn't really ready to receive new people, God is not going to bring new people in!
This module includes a study guide course called Jump Start, which looks at what the Bible has to say about the body of Christ. And then we have a short course called the Explosion Blueprint, we'll be updating soon, that identifies multiple keys systems every church should have in place. Together, these classes will show you how to optimize your church for ministry and get things moving in the right direction.
2. Ministry Development
Once your church begins to get serious about training members, and you start to see signs of spiritual growth, you are going to want to quickly move people into frontline ministry to your community. That requires some basic ministry development skills.
To teach these, we have a study guide course called Worker Tools, and another short course called Unleashed. Together, these classes teach the 7 essential components you should build into every ministry, and then, how those ministries should fit into the overall cycle of church evangelism. The opportunities for ministry today are endless, and there's no reason every church can't have one or more ministries reaching out to fresh contacts every week. This module will show you how to do just that.
3. Small Groups
For nearly two decades now, we've been emphasizing the importance of evangelistic small groups, as foundational to solid explosive growth. And it works, but on one condition: these groups need a steady influx of seekers to thrive. Or to put it differently, if there are no effective outreach ministries in your church, it can be hard to keep your small groups filled with seekers. But when you do have viable outreach ministries, and they are optimized to funnel people into small groups, you have a dynamite combination.
To teach all the nuts and bolts of running a small group, we have our tried and true Team Tactics study guide program. And coming soon, a short course named Called to Care. These resources will both teach you everything you need to launch, lead and unleash your team!
4. Bible Work
Here's another skill every believer should develop: the ability to give personal Bible studies. And the training in this module covers that thoroughly. You'll learn our innovative chain referencing program called Cross Reference. You can take our how-to course on giving Bible studies called Truth Triumphant. And a special program called Truth Corps which will guide you through keys to presenting some of the most perplexing Bible questions people ask today. Complete this training, and you'll be ready to go!
But Bible work functions best in conjunction with an active small group. That is, you can always go door to door and find people interested in studying the Bible. But in my experience, these studies are typically not all that effective--and they can drain a lot of time. But when you are part of a small group, with seekers you've become friends with, and they start asking questions--giving Bible studies is not only easier, but more fun. And far more fruitful.
Or to put it differently, everyone helping to lead a small group should know how to give Bible studies. And every Bible worker should be looking for study partners in some evangelistic small group. It all works best, together.
5. Prophetic Preaching
If you follow each of the steps, you will soon have a church that's optimized and ready for new members. You will have viable outreach ministrues that are regularly funneling new contacts into small group. And seekers in those small groups, will be connecting with fellow members for personal Bible studies, to answer specific questions. Only one thing more is needed to reap a harvest: evangelistic meetings. Without these, ministries, small groups, and even Bible studies, can go for months, or even years, without seeing much success.
This module helps prepare you to launch evangelistic meetings by leading you through a deep study of Bible prophecy, called Prophetic Facts. And coming soon, a course on public speaking, called Talking Points.
Without the preceding steps, evangelistic meetings can be expensive, and your success limited. But when the ground work is all in place, and everything is connected and functioning properly, these evangelistic meetings are the step that brings people to decision, and conversion, and baptism. It's here that all the hard work leading up to the meetings pays off at last, "that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together" (John 4:36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.).
There's actually a little more to this certification track. We start things out with an introductory module that explores God's call to ministry. And we wrap the track off with a module on world vision and spiritual multiplication. But these are the 5 essential components.
Make it your goal in 2020, to learn these skills, and help build each of them into your church. Here they are again:
1) Get key church systems optimized for growth.
2) Start building viable outreach ministries.
3) Funnel contacts into evangelistic small groups.
4) Answer questions in personal Bible studies.
5) Reap a harvest with evangelistic meetings.
It all starts with learning to deeply internalize the Word (track #1). And real ministry success is built on a foundation of personal discipleship (track #2). But if you have those things in place, and you are ready to take the next step--make it your goal to learn how to win souls.
It's a bit of process, and there are a number of components involved, but if you stick with it, success is sure to come. And that success will revitalize and thrill others in your church, and inspire them to greater efforts too. From person to person, a love for soul-winning will spread. And we'll soon see a great final harvest ushered in.
Make it your goal to be part of that glorious harvest. And commit to leading out in efforts to work toward that in the coming days!
Take the Next Step
Want the skills and tools you need to become a more effective leader in ministry? And to help others get plugged in as well? Is God calling you?
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Why is it important for believers to learn the basic skills of soul-winning? How would you assess your training in the 5 areas listed above? How important is it for a church to have all the various aspects of evangelism working together? What happens if one or more pieces are missing? Share a comment...
|Posted by Christine Wigglesworth on 01/27/20|
|Pastor Dan, can this course be taken at a later date? I'm busy with Bible studies for about a month. Wondering if there is a set date to sign up?|
|Posted by Makani Mwinga on 01/27/20|
|Pertaining to the importance of believers learning the basic skills for soul winning, the following verse comes to mind. "And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." II Timothy 2:5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.. In order for a believer to succeed in the mastery of soul-winning, there is therefore the need to "strive lawfully". And we " strive lawfully
" by learning the basic skills of soul-winning.
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