4 Principles for Equipping God’s People for One-Another Ministry
Nate Claiborne at Marturo just completed a three-part summary and review of Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4E Ministry Training Strategy.
A Church of One-Another Ministers
In Part One, Nate examines “laps” one and two of the process—envisioning God’s ministry and enlisting God’s ministers for ministry.
Concerning envisioning, Nate remarks:
“Once you’ve got the idea for implementing envisioning, Bob doesn’t leave you there. Rather, there a total of 9 appendices linked to these four chapters to help guide you through the process of becoming a church not only with a biblical counseling ministry, but one that is full of informal and informed lay counselors.”
Continue reading Part One.
A Practical, Comprehensive Approach
In Part Two, Nate explores “laps” three and four: equipping godly ministers and empowering godly ministers.
Concerning equipping, Nate notes:
“A huge strength of all this is Bob’s Romans 15:14 directed 4D focus on head, heart, hands, and home. I think there is a strong tendency in equipping to focus the efforts on one dimension or the other, leading to unbalanced ministries.”
Concerning empowering, Nate notes:
“The fact that these two chapters are included in the book testifies to Bob’s highly organized and comprehensive equipping approach that comes with many years of experience in doing this kind of thing.”
Continue reading Part Two.
Crucial for Every Ministry
In Part Three, Nate looks at the big picture of Equipping Counselors for Your Church. In summary, Nate notes:
“Since much of what Bob says about actually equipping counselors could be used in just routine discipleship (though there is no pure “routine” dimension to discipleship)… I think Bob’s book is a worthwhile addition to any pastor’s library, regardless of how close a counseling ministry is on the horizon.”
“If you are in a position of ministry, I would highly recommend Bob’s book. Even if you’re not, you may benefit from the core section on equipping since it covers the basics of theology, godly relationships, and growing in Christlikeness.”
Read the rest of Part Three.
The Rest of the Story
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