The concept of "ministry teams" is rapidly taking hold in churches, but what are they and how do they work? This book outlines what effective ministry teams look like, describes what they have to offer local congregations, and gives concrete advice for making them happen. According to Stanley Ott, the power of ministry teams lies in their unique capacity to generate genuine Christian fellowship, grow disciples, develop leaders, and mobilize people for ministry. Where traditional church leadership organizations concentrate almost exclusively on task, policy, and program, ministry teams are designed to enhance faith development and, therefore, ministry effectiveness. Transform Your Church with Ministry Teams offers clear guidance for building the leadership of a mission or church into a true ministry team. The book enables readers to form ministry teams and, through them, to transform the life of their church or Christian organization.Publishers Description
A critical issue for a transformational congregation -- a congregation that changes lives -- is the nature of the leadership teams. The very term bministry teamb is rapidly becoming the term of choice for church leadership entities. However, in practice that term frequently means nothing different than the old committee concept. "The Power of Ministry Teams" defines specifically how the ministry team is a unique leadership concept and how to make it happen.
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Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
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|Novel approach to ministry in the church Oct 26, 2008|
|The book addresses a key question - "Is there a better way to 'Do Ministry?' than is seen in most churches today?" Ministry teams are not simply a name change for committees. Rather, the type of ministry team proposed by Ott has at its core a commitment to building relationships within the team, a dual-focus (building up the team as well as carrying out the tasks of ministry), and connecting like a small-group. Ministry teams foster friendships among their members and 'grow' them into disciples.|
Ott describes several outstanding benefits of ministry teams as they address two vital needs within the church: growing disciples and growing leaders. "The ministry team becomes the consummate opportunity for leadership development within the church because it blends at least three different leader-developing processes into a single composite entity." (referring to small groups, apprenticing, and 'with-me' ministry).
Throughout the book Ott helps to understand the distinctiveness of ministry teams, how to shift a congregation towards such teams, what they look like and what they do, developing team leadership. They work in the context of the vision and practices of the congregation. He takes the idea of 'never launch a new ministry without a leader' one step further: 'never launch a new ministry without a core leadership team for the new ministry'.
If there's one aspect of ministry teams that could have used further attention, that would be how the practices described in the book would be integrated in a church that already has a strong small groups ministry. It's not clear whether ministry teams are meant to supplement or replace a small groups ministry.
Overall, "Transform Your Church with Ministry Teams" is an outstanding resource for those looking to shift away from a church where the pastor and a few leaders do all the work to one where the people are encouraged and empowered to carry out ministry.
|A Teaching Book Sep 4, 2007|
|This is one of the most well written and powerful books on ministry development I have ever read.|
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