Classis Georgetown - The Network

Classis Georgetown - The Network

Classis Anywhere Equipped 2 Equip Living our Ephesians 4 Calling Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Classis' Vision

Classis is a community of Christian Reformed Churches who live and minister together, in Christ, to transform lives and communities. Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Defining transformed Communities by Servant Partners 1. Build Jesus-following communities 2.

Looking for the civic good 3. Committed to life-long learning 4. Economic sufficiency 5. Focus on spiritual and psychological freedom 6.

Developing strong families 7. Committed to health for all 8. Addressing power so all systems work well Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities From Classis to your congregation

Reflection & Table Talk - What are the three things that take most of your elders time? -What are the the three things that take most of your deacons time? Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities

From Classis to your congregation Reflection & Table Talk - What would your elders like to do more of? Why? - What would your deacons like to do more of? Why?

Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Leadership Shift Rethinking our Roles & Priorities as office bearers Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Biblical Pattern Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave the

apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4 esv) (seeChristian EphesiansReformed 2.8-10) The Church,

confessing its complete subjection to the Word of God and the Reformed creeds as a true interpretation of this Word, acknowledging Christ as the only head of his church, and desiring to honor the apostolic injunction that office bearers are to prepare Gods people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Eph. 4:12), and to do so in a fitting and orderly way Leadership/Pastor Centric Model (care) Leadership/Pastor

Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 (see Ephesians 2.8-10) Community Justice Mercy Care Evangelism build up body church members equip the body

Justice Mercy Care Evangelism leadership-pastor Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 (see Ephesians 2.8-10) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the

evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ Each church shall minister to its adult members so as to increase their knowledge of the Lord Jesus, to nurture a mature faith in Christ, to encourage and sustain them in the fellowship of believers, and to equip them to fulfill their calling in the church and in the world.

Article 64 a Thinking and Reflecting on this Leadership Shift Congregational Level Reflection & Table Talk 1. What are three urgent needs in your congregation? 2. What are three urgent needs in your churchs neighborhood? 3. What are three urgent needs in the world? Equipped 2 Equip

Transforming Lives and Communities Thinking and Reflecting on this Leadership Shift Reflection & Table Talk 1. How much time does your council have to deal with these needs so that lives and communities are transformed? 2. What are the limitations that your council would face in taking on these needs so lives and communities are transformed? 3. What can you pull off on your own (as a council) in meeting these needs? Transforming Lives and Communities Leading Change

LeadershipWhy Urgency is First Leading Change Establish a Sense of Urgency - YouTube.url Transforming Lives and Communities Urgency Urgent behavior is not driven by a belief that all is is well or that everything is a mess, instead, that the world contains great opportunities and great hazards. Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities

Leadership Shift Step 2 - Know your Culture Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 'Cracking Your Church's Culture Code' by Samuel R. Chand - YouTube.url Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Leadership Shift Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 The council shall be responsible to develop a vision and provide training and leadership to equip the church to fulfill her unique evangelistic and diaconal calling. Churches are encouraged to work with neighboring

churches, appropriate community resources, classical and denominational resources, and other gifts the Lord has provided to help accomplish her task. Article 74 b Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Leadership Shift Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 - Develop a vision - Provide training

- Provide leadership to equip the church to fulfill her unique - evangelistic & - diaconal calling. Article 74 b Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities

Thinking and Reflecting on this Leadership Shift - Gods Colossians Vision ba5b5e74 - Shortcut.lnk Equipped 2 Equip Leadership Shift Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Notice: A Shared Journey Churches are encouraged to work with neighboring churches, appropriate community resources, classical and denominational resources, and other gifts the Lord has provided to help accomplish her task. Article 74 b

Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Charge to the Deacons Transforming Lives and Communities I charge you, deacons, to inspire faithful ministries of service to one another, to the larger community, and to the world. Remind us that the Lord requires us to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God (Mic. 6:8). Prompt us to seize

new opportunities to love God, our neighbors, and the creation with acts of generous sharing, joyful hospitality, thoughtful care for the poor, and wise stewardship of all of Gods gifts. Weigh our opportunities for giving and service, that we might use the churchs resources discerningly. Equipped 2 Equip Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Transforming Lives and Communities Charge to the Deacons Offer wise care to victims of injustice, and teach us holistic

responses that respect their dignity and mend the broken relationships and exploitative structures and systems that contribute to poverty. With respectful compassion for the needy and awareness of the often hidden needs of the wealthy, teach us to minister to rich and poor alike, both within and outside the church. Equipped 2 Equip Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Transforming Lives and Communities Charge to the Deacons

Encourage all with words that bring hope to their hearts and with deeds that bring joy into their lives. Show us by your example how to be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society, and to be sensitive counselors to the victims of such evils. Let your lives be above reproach, and live as examples of Christ Jesus, looking to the interests of others. And in all your ministries help us anticipate and participate in the renewal of all things when Gods kingdom comes. Equipped 2 Equip Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Deacons Equip by

Teach Inspire Teach Remind Encourage Prompt Show Weight

Help Offer Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Deacons Equip by Transforming Lives and Communities Demonstrating what it looks like to be a Micah 6.8

people Reminding us of Gods call to be a Micah 6.8 people He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV) Reflection: How should deacons be organized at the church level so that this mandate is accomplished well? What are the critical organizational issues that need to be Leadership Shift Deacons Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 Article 40a and Article 45 now delegates deacons to Classis and to Synod. 1. What important role can deacons play at the

Classis level in Southeast US? 2. What important role can deacons play at the Synod level? Transforming Lives and Communities Justice A Key Element of the Calling & Equipping Role for Deacons Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Justice Touches All

Justice is the vision of what ought to be Justice is the vision of what ought to be in every area of life: poverty, marriage, creation etc. Justice is integral to our vision of the godly life, it is not an aside Justice: render to each person their due. It involves harmony, flourishing, and fairnessit is based on the image of God in Genesis 1.26ff. Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Justice or Evangelism? What are we aiming for? Ultimately the reason for both the work of evangelism and the

work of justice is not simply the relief of suffering, whether present or eternal. It is the restoration of Gods true image in the world, made known in the one true Image, Jesus Christ, [this imagine shines into the world though his] image bearers set free by his death and resurrection to reclaim their true calling. Andy Crouch Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Equipping from Scripture A Few Passages for Diaconal Study & Reflection Psalm 146 Psalm 10 Isaiah 6 (5.16) Isaiah 24-26

Matthew 23.23 Mark 8.1-9 Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities Justice Biblical Rootedness A Place to Start The Deacons Prayer Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities

The Deacons Prayer Matthew 6.7-14 A Pattern for Prayer A first note: the prayer is plural: our Father, give us this day our daily bread, it is not my prayer, but the prayer of the community, it is not only about my needs but the needs of the community and world. Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities The Deacons Prayer Matthew 6.7-14 Hallowed by Your Name Help us to truly know you,

to honor, glorify, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth. Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities The Deacons Prayer Matthew 6.7-14 Transforming Lives and Communities Your Kingdom Come

Revelation 21.1-7 We are praying for the redemption of the world, that evil is defeated, pulled up and out of this world never to make its way back in, we are praying for a world where love of each other and love of God is the way of things, where the poor are lifted up, where the hungry are fed, where there is no more pain, sorrow, suffering or death The Deacons Prayer Matthew 6.7-14 Give us this Day Transforming Lives and Communities For all to get daily bread, there must be a thriving economy, good

employment, and a just society. Therefore, to pray give us all the people of our land daily bread is to pray against wanton exploitation in business, trade, and labor, which crushes the poor and deprives them of their daily bread. Those who do injustice will face the power of this petition. Let them beware of . . . the intercession of the church, and let them take care that this petition of the Lords Prayer does not turn against them. Martin Luther The Deacons Prayer Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors The early church saw this prayer as the literal forgiving of debts. Leviticus 25.10ff Jubilee The problem of debt was very serious in Jesus' time. When the revolutionaries took over the Temple at the start of the Jewish war

against the Romans, thirty years after Jesus' day, the first thing they did was to burn the records of debt. The early church certainly believed that Jesus was talking about actual debts. Transforming Lives and Communities The Deacons Prayer Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors The early church saw this prayer as the literal forgiving of debts. Leviticus 25.10ff Jubilee The Lord's Prayer makes sense, not just in terms of individual human beings quieting their own troubled consciences, (which is very important), but also in terms of the new day when justice and peace will embrace, economically and socially for individuals

and for societies. This is a prayer for the transformation of lives and communities in the economic realm. This Prayer is Always Bigger than we Have imaged! Leadership Shift Pattern of Ephesians 4:11-16 What will be different in how you invest your time and energy as a council and deacons if deacons see being People of Micah 6.8 as central to their calling? Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and

Equipped 2 Equip 3: What three things did you learn? 1: What is something that you agree with? 1: What is one thing that is still circling around in your mind about being equipped 2 equip? Equipped 2 Equip Transforming Lives and Communities

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