Over the last few weeks we dove into Acts 2 to learn what an Acts 2 Church is, and then we applied that information to the ministries within the church. What does an Acts 2 Ministry look like? Five main points were:
- An Acts 2 Ministry is Consistent. It meets regularly, in expected ways, in order to establish new habits that will replace the old. It isn’t about creating a full calendar to make a ministry look big or successful, but rather about creating a full calendar that our members or those we serve can be intentional about carving time in their schedule to be in community with fellow believers. It also provides regular opportunities to invite others.
- An Acts 2 Ministry is a Teaching Ministry. This ministry teaches the women how to transform their minds to think to God’s ways first. Whether it be a devotional at the beginning of a fellowship event, Bible Studies, workshops, conferences, etc.
- An Acts 2 Ministry Fellowships with One Another. An Acts 2 Ministry isn’t about quick, once a week/month, check ins with each other. It is about building community, binding us to one another in deep connections, and walking through life with one another. The lone sheep is far more vulnerable to attack than the ones packed into a tight flock, under a Good Shepherd.
- An Acts 2 Ministry is a Praying Ministry. From the leadership down, an Acts 2 Ministry is united in prayer. As fellowship connects our lives, prayers allow us to worship God with each other. As we pray in thanksgiving for His blessings, as we cry out for His intervention, and when we stand in the gap… praying for those who have lost the words in their grief; prayer connects us to God and each other in a very personal way.
- An Acts 2 Ministry Worships Together. Not only by lifting our voices in song, but in our obedience, our prayers, our teaching, our fellowship… we are worshipping God together.
Something that stood out, as each point was developed, was this final component…
An Acts 2 Ministry is Led by Example.
Each of the five points begins with the leaders setting the example and the expectation.
Our leadership must be consistent. We can’t have a revolving door of leaders who try to reinvent our ministries every year. Leaders must also be meeting regularly to discuss the progress of the ministry, make plans, and keep each other focused and accountable on God’s purpose for the ministry. Leaders must be in consistent alignment with the church they serve under, and most importantly with God’s Word.
Our leaders should be open to teaching. Either by teaching others, or a willingness to be students; sometimes both. Not everyone is called to teach the Word of God in front of a large classroom or small group. However, the Great Commission calls us to go out and make disciples and teach them. Every leader should have the ability to share the Word, whether it be in one on one conversations, participating or leading in small groups, or larger events/workshops. Some will be gifted to teach formal theology and some will be gifted to teach by example of living a Christ filled life.
Our leaders should be fellowshipping, with those they serve and with one another. The Disciples spent a lot of time with Jesus, but also with each other. In their fellowshipping, they were able to teach one another, rebuke one another, hold each other accountable. They loved each other like brothers, and even in their disputes reconciled. We set the example for Christian fellowship for others.
Our leaders should be praying. In our own personal lives, whether it is audible prayers or prayer journaling… again we are setting the expectation and the example. If this is an area where we lack confidence, we still set an example as we seek out ways to improve our prayer life & share with others how we have grown.
Finally, our leaders should ever be in a posture of worship. Others will watch how leaders respond when times are good, and even more so when times are difficult. I remember once going through a difficult time, and I had to make some hard decisions. A few days later, I was speaking with a friend who was aware of the situation, and she made a comment about seeing me at church that Sunday. She said that I walked as if a load had been lifted off my shoulders. She was trying to understand how in the midst of this chaos I seemed so unburdened by it. She saw something I didn’t even realize was apparent, and this created a beautiful opportunity to talk about faith and trust.. even in the trials and the storms.
Leaders, you are the tone… lead by examples… and set the expectations for those whom you are in charge. Lead well.