Orientation to Pastoral Work, Class #2 of 5: Tasks and Organization

Class #2. TO: Tasks and Organization (August – four hours)
The Church as Organism and Organization

  • Leadership is influence and direction. Management (and often ministry) is getting things done through other people. God desires to work through the priesthood of all believers, not just the pastor.
  • Equipping the Saints for Works of Ministry that Build up the Body of Christ: Eph 4.
  • Working as a Part of the Vine: John 15. Pruning & Focus.
  • The Body of Christ and Differentiation: 1 Corinthians 12
  • Recognizing SHAPE and equipping the laity (Saddleback gift mix identification process). Your Spiritual Gift will be found at the center of four qualities: your heart (who and what you love), your abilities (what you can do), your personality (the way that God made you) and your experience (which God brought to you to prepare you to serve).

Homework: 1. Preach a 5 week (or more) Sermon series on SHAPE to help laity recognize their spiritual gifts and utilize them in missional service as a means of preparing for the fall Nominations & Lay Leadership process. ¶126 of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church: “Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.”
2. Begin keeping weekly records in a three-ring notebook (or substitute) that will be used to run the organization that is the church, along with membership information, Vital Signs, all committee minutes and church conference reports, both for the past year and present.

Application: The Church as a Family of God, part 1. (Overview)

  • The church as a “functional family of God where Jesus is Lord and people grow.”
  • Church family systems, Bowen/Friedman/Steinke.
  • Systemic resistance to change, speed of change, reinforcing and balancing loops (Senge), conflict, anxiety, encouraging missional differentiation while remaining in touch.
  • Facilitating change across the diffusion of innovations framework; start with new wineskins.
  • After the honeymoon, pastors become aware of the real problems of the congregation.

Outcome: within one month, when requested, you will be able to explain your record keeping system to your DS or mentor, and show them your notebook of records.

District Office: 2 hour Training in Church Conference forms.
Congregational Committees and Charge Conference Reports – work on them all year long.
Necessary Record keeping for pastoral work. Weekly Box Score. Church Conference Checklist. The session will help you set up the Charge Conference section of your recordkeeping notebook, plus end of year statistical reporting records.
(The rest of this portion is led by Kim Kueker and all district clergy are invited)


Resource: S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Erik Rees and Rick Warren

Resource (available at the District Office): Guidelines Complete Set by General Board Of Discipleship – https://www.cokesbury.com/9781501830143-Guidelines%3A-Complete-Set-%E2%80%93-USB-Flash-Drive?refq=Guidelines%20Complete%20Set

Textbooks: Book of Discipline and Pastoral Expectations (IGRC booklet)

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Quotes “From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2016 [are] Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.” Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

These blog posts attempt to provide a practical, helpful orientation to pastoral work in the Kaskaskia River District, Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church for persons beginning their ministry, particularly laypersons supplying smaller churches. Like all free advice, they are intended to begin a conversation, should be prayed over carefully and thoughtfully applied after thinking them through.

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