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Ruling Elders

Ruling Elders. HOW DANGEROUS DO YOU WANT TO BE ?. What does God expect of us?. To Change The World. F-1.0202 Christ Calls and Equips the Church .

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Ruling Elders

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  2. What does God expect of us? To Change The World

  3. F-1.0202 Christ Calls and Equips the Church • Christ calls the Church into being, giving it all that is necessary for its mission in the world, for its sanctification, and for its service to God. Christ is present with the Church in both Spirit and Word. Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills.

  4. G-1.0101 The Mission of the Congregation • The congregation is the church engaged in the mission of God in its particular context. The triune God gives to the congregation all the gifts of the gospel necessary to being the Church.

  5. The congregation is the basic form of the church, but it is not of itself a sufficient form of the church. Thus congregations are bound together in communion with one another, united in relationships of accountability and responsibility, contributing their strengths to the benefit of the whole, and are called, collectively, the church.

  6. Through the congregation God’s people carry out the ministries of proclamation, sharing the Sacraments, and living in covenant life with God and each other. In the life of the congregation, individual believers are equipped for the ministry of witness to the love and grace of God in and for the world.

  7. The congregation reaches out to people, communities, and the world to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to gather for worship, to offer care and nurture to God’s children, to speak for social justice and righteousness, to bear witness to the truth and to the reign of God that is coming into the world.

  8. G-2.0102 Ordered Ministries • The Church’s ordered ministries described in the New Testament and maintained by this church are deacons and presbyters (teaching elders and ruling elders). Ordered ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The existence of these ordered ministries in no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to the total ministry of the church.

  9. G-2.0301 Elders As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to: share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people

  10. Quotes to challenge us “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." Max De Pree, "Leadership Is an Art"

  11. Quotes to challenge us “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." Arnold Glasgow

  12. Quotes to challenge us “Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity." Harold J. Seymore

  13. Quotes to challenge us “A real leader faces the music, even when he/she doesn't like the tune." Anon.

  14. Quotes to challenge us “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone." Bill Cosby

  15. Quotes to challenge us “The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." Theodore Rubin

  16. Quotes to challenge us “It has been estimated by those who do research and work with congregations that 50 –60 percent of the variables affecting congregations are outside the control of congregational leadership.” Gil Rendle

  17. Quotes to challenge us “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills

  18. Fear FactorTwo essential fears face our congregations:The fear of too much changeThe fear of too little change Hope Nice Risk Fear

  19. NOW WHAT • Your personal spiritual journey • Your Session’s spiritual journey

  20. Your personal spiritual journey • Upgrade your prayer life • Wear your Bible out • Commit yourself to other disciples • (spiritual buddy system)

  21. Your Session or Board’s Spiritual Journey • Commit to 50/50 system • 50% business /50% prayer and bible study • Or one meeting about business • and one for prayer and bible study • Be patient

  22. Starting New Initiatives • Starting New Initiatives is a process of prayer, discernment, conversation and reflection for congregations to decide how they can best minister in their particular contexts. • Available from church growth dept of Evangelism and Church Growth of the GAMC

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