God gives spiritual gifts to every believer. I Cor 12.
God gives leaders to equip the believers. Eph 4:11-13.
Leaders are to multiply other leaders. 2 Tim 2:2
Out of this process we send and we multiply. John 17:18, Matt 28:19-20.
Why do you think that God gave at least one gift to every person? What are your spiritual gifts? How do you know you have a gift? What do you think of spiritual gifts inventories? Do they just confirm a personal bias or do they objectively reveal one’s spiritual gifts?
When you think of God’s plan of giving spiritual leaders to the church to equip everyone to be transformed and do good works (Ephesians 4:11-13), is there anything about it that strikes you as interesting or odd? Over the last 50 years it has been common to think of pastors as the ones who do the ministry while people in the pews are spectators. Do you think the idea of specialization and the concept of “payment for service” have affected God’s plan as revealed in Ephesians 4:11-13? What happens in a church if people start to think of what happens on Sunday as a payment-for-service transaction? Do you think of pastors primarily as doers of ministry or as equippers of the saints? Does this understanding come from culture or from Scripture?
Where do you think pastors come from? Who is primarily responsible for multiplying spiritual leaders? Why didn’t Jesus start a seminary? Why didn’t the Apostles start centralized training institutes? Based on your understanding of II Timothy 2:2, how should the local church be engaged in leadership development? What does that mean for you?
What responsibility do you feel for what God is doing locally? How connected do you feel to what God is doing regionally and globally? Can you name our missionaries? Can you name where Calvary has strategic partnerships? Can you list our young people who are preparing to go and serve? Did you know the Moris or participate in their story? If so how?