Sunday Reflections (Oct. 7th, 2012): Men’s Discipleship Groups, Assoc. Ministers Training, Worship Service
Men’s Discipleship Groups
Yesterday, we began our first session of discipleship groups for our men’s ministry (Brother2Brother). I began our time vision casting about small groups, which is a part of Antioch’s Philosophy of Ministry and our discipleship strategy.
Our discipleship strategy is what we commit to do as a church, especially through the Christian Education Department, to assist members in their spiritual growth. I’ve labeled it our TLC strategy:
Teach people God’s Word (through classes, conferences, seminars, biblical resources)
Love people into God’s Way (through groups – B2B, Sisters, etc.)
Connect people to God’s Work (through missions and ministries)
As you can see, Saturday’s men’s gathering was an expression of the “L”. For the next eight months, we are focusing our attention on the book of Nehemiah. We are using Dr. Gene Getz’s Men of Purpose study series entitled “Hope Under Construction: Nehemiah.” We had a great time of study and fellowship as we went through the first lesson on prayer in our huddle groups (small groups).
As I tweeted on Saturday, I believe we are missing out on a key component of spiritual growth when we don’t commit to some form of discipleship in community.
Associate Ministers Training
I remember when I was a freshman a college and joined Antioch at that time. One of the things that I came to appreciate about Pastor Wesley was his desire train the ministers who were a part of the Antioch Church. I began preaching at the age of 17 and had been under a couple of pastors. The training that I received under them was helpful, but it was nothing formalized. However all that changed when I came under Pastor Wesley’s tutelage. He came up with a training program that he called, “Project A.D.M.I.T. (Antioch’s Devoted Ministers In Training).” The curriculum covered topics ranging from the prayer life of a preacher to pulpit ethics to sermon preparation and delivery. I was even privileged to lead a couple of the classes.
Well, long story short, he rolled out the project again today to the roughly twenty ministers in attendance. This training has proved to be invaluable to my life and ministry, not only back then in college as an Associate Minister, but even now as a Pastor.
The Men’s Praise Team and Male Chorus led us in worship this morning. Pastor Wesley preached a sermon entitled, “Focusing on the Father’s Favor” from Numbers 13:27-33. We had a few people to respond during the Invitation. We observed the Lord’s Supper today, which we do every 1st Sunday of the month. Overall, it was a good day!
My wife turned another year old on Tuesday. Praise God.
We saw Taken 2 yesterday. It was okay. It pretty much had the same formula as the first one. We are looking forward to seeing Denzel Washington’s new movie, “Flight.” Anything with Denzel in it is bound to be good! And Don Cheadle graces the screen with him as well. Should be a great one.
The State Fair started this past weekend here in Dallas. It’s huge ordeal here in the metroplex. If you want to take a culinary journey, the State Fair is what you need in your life: fried oreos, fried candy-coated bacon, fried twinkies, fried peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fried cotton candy, just to name a few. I know, crazy, right?! It is a highlight of the year for many of us Dallasites, and motivation to get back in the gym to work off all those calories.
My next book is coming along…slowly. Please keep me and this project in your prayers when you think about it. Thanks.
I have a few speaking engagements coming up this month that I’ll share with you next weekend. I am truly grateful for these opportunities to speak and to preach-teach God’s Word.
Have a great week!