Empowerment and Involvement
There are different kinds of gift but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work (1 Cor 12:4-6)
In From Anecdote to Evidence research shows that lay invlovement and good quality lay leadership is linked to growth. (p10)
This page offers you a range of resources to help you with questions covered in this section of the Mission Action Planning tool. Some are within our own diocesan website but we have also included links to good outside sources. As we become aware of other useful materials, we will update this page.
St Peter's College, the diocesan learning community for mission and ministry is home to news about all manner of training opportunities for both lay and ordained people.
Many parachurch organisations and training institutions also run courses that can empower Lay people in their ministries.
- The Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) produce a number of resources to help with church leadership including :
- Growing Leaders as a course which helps identify and grow Lay leaders in a church.
- Mentoring Matters is an easy-to-use pack with eveything you need to start a church-based mentoring network: indentifying, equpping and resourcing members.
- Lead On is a monthly church leadership email that CPAS produce.
- The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (www.licc.org.uk) aims to equip Christians for whole-life discipleship in the world. In particular this includes the workplace, the 'frontline' for much of the week for many church members (see their Work Forum section).
Discovering Spiritual Gifts
- Online Survey. You might find this 80-question survey a helpful way into exploring the ministries described in Ephesians Chapter 4 (apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist & pastor). There are other online surveys available but many of them require you to register your details before you receive the results. This survey asks you to rate various statements as 'rarely', 'sometimes' or 'often' true for you and then provides some analysis of the results. It might at least give you an idea of the area(s) of ministry that seem most natural to you.
- Church Pastoral Aid Society has an excellent brief document that describes what is meant by spiritual gifts, how we might explore them, and provides good links to additional resources. Access it here.
- SHAPE. Carlisle Diocese has developed a more detailed interactive course to help people to identify their gifts. This is known as the SHAPE course. More information can be found about the course on the St Peter's College Website www.stpeterscollege.org.uk/your-shape
- Building Church Net. Follow this link to a page called 'Gifted to Serve', which provides another tool to help church members identify their main area(s) of ministry, as well as a number of other links.
Some people have been asking about resources for those running small groups. Resources on the Internet seem generally to be relatively old or come from quite large churches in the USA (such as Saddleback) that make them harder to apply in our context. Cell UK has some material. There is a new resource produced by Emmaus that might be of help, see: www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/9780715144725/emmaus-leading-an-emmaus-group
NEW for 2018: we have discovered a series of resources under the heading 'Growing as a small group leader.' The page links to short practical articles on things like leadership in homegroups, how to create community and build outreach, prayer, Bible study, etc. it can be accessed here
Need help or advice? Contact the Parish Support team by emailing Lucy Nunn Lucy.Nunn@sheffield.anglican.org or telephoning 01709 309135.