Organise Your Church On Purpose And Giftedness

So says Rick Warren. OK, you’d expect Warren to use the word ‘purpose’, but the thrust of the article is the benefits of structuring a church around people’s gifts, rather than in trying to fit them into a predetermined structure. Makes sense to me. But it means there are some powerful institutional forces we need to resist in our denominations.

About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on April 21, 2012, in ministry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. At church this morning during our minister’s sermon I noticed a rather large huntsman spider on the wall quite close to where he was standing. I have no giftedness in ignoring large spiders in fairly close proximity.
    Nobody else was as alarmed as I was – but I’m not taking it to a committee, it could be some time before said spider is removed!


  2. I like Rick’s style. Maybe it’s just what the ‘seat warming’ brigade need to hear to go do something 😉


  3. I have known seveal UM churches, including the The Church of the Resuerrection (15,000 members) in Kansas City that school members in what the “Spiritual Gifts” are, how they function in a healthy church, identifying those gifts in themselves, and deploying people for service within the congregation. Several years ago Methodist Temple in Evansville IN incorporated a Spiritual Gifts seminar into new member classes, plugging people into an appropriate ministry before they joined the church. I think several of our Mega churches follow this practice. It also helped the church we now attend literally rise from the ashes and become vibrant.


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