Discipleship Matrix

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Align

Ministry-Formation-align“To reform continually the life of the denomination (including our church ethos, customs, church order, use of resources, denominational committees, support staff and agencies) to encourage and enable the fulfilment of the fundamental aim.”

Congregations:

  • Congregations be encouraged to form team ministries, share resources with neighbouring local churches, and utilise specialists to cover needs in several congregations;
  • Congregational members be encouraged to increment their financial giving by 1% of their total income every year to a target level of not less than 10% within 10 years.

Classes:

  • Classes be used as hubs for training and sharing local ideas, promoting the employment of non-ordained leaders with skills in church planting and outreach and individuals who can connect with the community;
  • Classes be urged to adopt a revised agenda that facilitates pursuit of the mission, along the following lines:

Sample Agenda

1. Opening:

  • Devotion
  • Examination of Credentials
  • Apologies
  • Declaration of continued agreement with confessional standards (where appropriate)
  • Constitution of the meeting
  • Confirmation of agenda
  • Approval of minutes

2. Reports from the churches:

    • Spiritual vitality and gospel-focus of minister and elders
    • Preaching programme
    • Gospel vision and direction of the church, e.g., two churches report each meeting, for about 30 minutes outlining:

1. concrete steps they have taken
2. specific joys and struggles they are encountering
3. resources they have found to be helpful
4. growth of the church in prayerfulness, godliness, giving and numbers
5. demonstration of how their activities are supporting the CRCA Mission
6. issues of concern (to include personal and general questions)
7. church visitation

3. Shared prayer for the work of the churches

4. Outreach and church planting report received on:

  • training
  • outreach initiatives
  • church plant initiatives
  • GROW work and related initiatives

5. Leader development:

  • training and networking
  • discussion on coaching and mentoring in each church
  • Ministry Formation initiatives

6. State-wide activities:

  • Healing a Broken Trust”
  • state youth work
  • classis mission funding

7. Administrative matters:

  • matters arising from minutes
  • correspondence in/out
  • treasurer’s report
  • preaching licences
  • counsellors

8. Close:

  • short report (where required)
  • next meeting and close
  • Classes be encouraged to look strategically at resources held by individual congregations to encourage their use beyond the congregation.

Synod:

  • That Synod utilise pre-Synod conferences to discuss issues relevant to the fourfold task.

Ministry Formation:

    • Ministry Formation utilize the denominational websites:

1. to include the mission and its progress;
2. to show the Mission plans of congregations and standing committees;
3. to show progress against those plans;
4. to show particular successes and failures and the causes thereof;
5. to inform prayer;
6. to serve to record the hand of God upon us as a witness itself;
7. to provide links to recommended reading under appropriate mission headings, books, synod reports, other web sites, etc;
8. to provide Bible studies on mission themes;
9. to provide references to other mission resources, videos, tracts