Equipping Institute- Day Two

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Today has been a great day. I don’t think I ever been a part of any kind of training experience that was as intense as this has been thus far, yet I’m walking away with some incredible life experiences and tools that I know I’ll be able to use someday in my own ministry. One thing that always challenges me when dealing with conferences like this is knowing that I’m going home to a crowd of people who probably have no idea what this whole thing was even about. And that’s okay. However, I have to figure out how to internalize all of this information and then share it with those people who might benefit from it. I realize it won’t happen overnight, but I do pray that I’m able to have the opportunity share what I’ve learned in such a way that helps our local ministries grow and thrive. Please be praying for that!

On another note, I had the opportunity to have lunch and chat with one of Group Publishing’s “Champions” today. (Champion is simply a term they use for leader or boss). Her name is Amy and she shared some very encouraging information with me about Group and some possible ministry opportunities available with their company. Without sharing too much info, I’ll just say that I can sense God allowing me to make connections that may be open doors of opportunity in the future. Am I moving to Colorado? No, at least not now. :))

So, to wrap it up, here’s a little taste of some of the take-home points we covered today:

  • Effective equipping ministry is more about spiritual growth, discipleship, and faith development than simply filling ministry slots.
  • Every believer is a minister. Every person is uniquely gifted. Service in a ministry is a means for spiritual growth. The role of the leader is to equip others for service.
  • Using the gifts to meet the need…That’s equipping!
  • When dealing with people in ministry, it is not an issue of commitment, it is an issue of connection. 
  • The least effective way to connect people to ministry opportunities is “broadcasting” (pulpit announcements, etc.). The most effective way to extend a ministry invitation is one on one!
  • We should recognize the potential in people first and look at their training and skill set second. 
  • Affirmation is key. Do you often say thanks to your volunteers?

Growing and giving God thanks for all of the good things happening here,

-Kindall

The Story Behind the Equipping Institute (Day One)

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If you know me well, you may know that I have a passion for ministry. I love to be a part of sharing God’s story. I love the look on a child’s face during VBS week. I love new ideas and helping people move into new places in their walk with Christ whether they be students or adults. It’s my passion. Knowing all of this, I must admit that lately God has really been tugging at my heart. I’m talking like a burden I haven’t ever felt.

Back in August, I decided (after much prayer) that it was time to go back to school. I enrolled as a graduate seminary student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. The first of the “Never Would I Evers…”. So here I am one semester away from having my Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. My schooling has opened my eyes to many new things in ministry and I’m learning alot! I hope to one day be able to share this knowledge with other ministries.

Last month, I found out about a conference in Loveland, CO at Group Publishing’s headquarters. It was all about being an equipping church, leadership styles, etc., etc….right up my alley! This would become the next “Never Would I Ever…” Yet again…I did. I enrolled in what is known as the Equipping Institute at Group Publishing. It is a series of courses that teaches people (like me) who want to see their church thrive how to lead in a way that builds an equipping culture within their church. Now, I do realize that this probably means absolutely nothing to you. To me, it is a step towards my calling. I’m simply adding tools to my ministry toolbox to be the best at what God has called me to be. I’m a firm believer that when God gives you a calling, you go after it. You dig deep to find every resource and opportunity to learn and grow in your calling. I’m going after mine. Where will I end up? I have no idea! That’s a part of the journey. That’s what makes it a God story! So, today was day 1 at the equipping institute and I’d like to leave you with just a few of the points we talked about. In all of this, I’m discovering more about who I am as a leader, current church culture, and ways to utilize our God-given abilities to maximize the ministry.

  • Equipping ministry is about growing people in Christ, not filling slots to accomplish ministry needs.
  • Every person has a ministry. Therefore they aren’t “just volunteers,” they’re ministers! Adopt that mindset!
  • The equipping model moves from “Pastor as CEO” to “Pastor as deployer.”
  • If you aim at nothing…you’ll hit it every time!
  • Change is about transitioning from where you are now to where you want to be. 
  • Everyone has a behavior style which impacts our leadership. To be effective as a leader, you’ve got to be flexible in dealing with all kinds. 

Just a side note…I’m excited because we’re expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight!!!! AND, I’m loving every minute of my time here. God definitely put me here for such a time as this. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds. -Kindall