Jesus invites you to come to Him, and He commands you to go with Him.
Personal Ministries encourages you to take Him up on both offers!
Personal Ministries helps you to reach up to Him, so you can reach out to them. Abiding in Christ, you will find a natural path to form genuine friendships, grow through small groups, nurture a healthy church and work together in team evangelistic projects. This forms the framework of our department.
Our aim is to help you reach up to Him, so you can reach out to them. Forming friendships, growing through small groups, nurturing a healthy church and working in team evangelistic projects form the framework of our department.
Pr Andrew Jasper
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Speaking of the believers after the day of Pentecost.
“One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. All hearts beat in harmony. The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character, and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.
How We Reach Up And Reach Out
Abiding in Christ
In John 15:1-8 Jesus outlined the key to “bearing much fruit” – abide in Me and I in you. Our ability to bear fruit is directly correlated to our relationship with Christ. This is the identifying mark of a disciple (verse 8). So before He commands you to go, He invites you to come (Matthew 11:28-30). Having done this, you will find his yoke of service is easy and light. Try it!
Wherever you live, work or study, there are people around you that God is calling you to reach out to. Research has shown that 70% of people who make the decision to be baptised and become active members of our church point to friends and family as the reason for their choice. The Personal Ministries Department is here to equip you for this natural opportunity.
Just like plants flourish and grow in a greenhouse, small groups are environments where people can enjoy one another socially and grow spiritually. Interest groups could include a hobby that people enjoy like card-making, bird watching, community gardening or sports club. As you naturally interact in a genuine way, a seed is planted that can lead towards a discipleship group, where friends and family can learn about Christ.
It’s a wonderful experience to be part of a growing church family. What we need to understand is that the key to growth is health. A healthy church has the ingredients to be a growing church. People from the community are much more likely to be attracted to this type of church and want to get involved. The Personal Ministries Department can work alongside your leadership team to assess your current church health and facilitate its development toward key health indicators so you can thrive and flourish.
Working together as a team is a fantastic experience, whether that is going on a fly-and-build mission trip or playing sports. The same is true for evangelism. The Personal Ministries Department can assist your church in undertaking effective evangelistic projects as well as connect you with Conference-wide evangelistic opportunities. Currently we are preparing for the up-and-coming evangelistic series by It Is Written Speaker/Director Pr. John Bradshaw called Harvest Victoria 2019.
RECAPTURE your mission
A God-breathed visioning initiative for you and your church
• Incline/Recline/Decline assessment
• Great Commission – realign to discipleship as our core mission
• Tailored Visioning assignments
• Introduction to NCD process
• Vision Quest Weekend
• Additional resources for personal focus
REVIVE your Church
Journey through the parables finding new life in Christ
• For declining churches, the path to new life can be elusive.
• This series focuses members on a path of discovery through excerpts from Christ’s Object Lessons.
• It reconnects participants to Christ and His way of life.
• It introduces them to principle-based growth processes from the supernaturally planted seed of God’s word.
A great website for resources is the Australian Union Conference’s discipleship page at www.disciple.org.au. Discover valuable tips, training modules and inspiration.
Our Discipleship track is great way to learn how to progressively develop the hope of the gospel in your own life and let it overflow to others.
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