Best Practice #3: Create Ownership
When it comes to inspiring and equipping people to live out the values of Christlike behavior, the natural inclination for church leaders is to reach for traditional levers such a volunteer programs, small groups, and training for the lay leaders who lead these programs. Not surprisingly, best-practice churches take advantage of all these levers. However, in the countercultural spirit of Jesus, their goal is not to build up these programs. Their goal is to change behavior.
Empower people to be the church.
This is the priesthood-of-all-believers strategy, aiming to break down the mindset that divides pastors and congregants. Blurring those dividing lines involves assigning high levels of ministry accountability to lay leaders and using creative ways to inspire people to explore with Christ-like behavior in their everyday lives.
Equip people to succeed.
It’s not enough to simply empower people. Establishing high standards for performance and accountability is critical, as is educating and giving congregants the tools they need to meet those standards.
Hold people accountable.
Best-practice churches understand that their attendees need spiritual mirrors, which means safe, relational networks that help them navigate the ups and downs of an expanding journey of faith. Many invest significant time and resources in small-group infrastructures to provide that support.
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Episcopal Church Foundation - Vestry Papers
What is your ministry? What gives you joy in your response to God?
Chances are good other Episcopalians have written about it with encouragement, tips and sound advice.
Read what others have learned, dreamed of and done: https://www.ecfvp.org/vestry-papers
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