One of the primary passages pertaining to equipping ministry is Ephesians 4:11-16.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
The leaders of the church are to equip the church body:
- To do the work of ministry
- To grow in the maturity of Christ
- To be unified as one body
Every year we offer several classes, seminars, and workshops to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. Please call the church office to sign up. This year we are offering the following classes:
Current Classes, Seminars, and Workshops
Legacy Planning – ROPES Training Course: Managing Your Assets (large or small) Through Effective Planning. Come and learn strategies and techniques around protecting your family, your assets, and being good stewards of God's blessings. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Meg E. Goblet, a local Attorney and Counselor at Law. She will teach that through proper planning, you can control and protect your assets while you are alive, if you are disabled, and after your death. She will discuss how to get maximum asset protection for your family. She will also touch on minimizing taxes and reducing the chances that estates are lost or squandered. Join us on Thursday, May 11, 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Community Church.
The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations – We know that we ought to be sharing our faith regularly with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, but how? How can we share our faith in an natural way that doesn't sound like a rehearsed script or marketing promo? Help is here! "The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations" series helps you practice nine everyday activities that open a gateway for talking about God naturally with anyone. These practices reflect the way that Jesus interacted with people around him. Getting started is as simple as noticing, praying, and listening! This is a 10 week Equipping Class that will meet during second service on Sunday mornings beginning in January. Materials are free. Homework is to practice what you learn in class. For more information please contact Larry Karasevich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Peace University – Begin your New Year right! We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! In just nine lessons, you'll learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before. Classes begin Sunday, January 15th and go through Sunday, March 12th. Class begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 10:30AM. We will meet each week in room 101, just behind the coffee bar. This course is $100 per couple or single and includes some wonderful tools for your financial planning. To RSVP for this class offering, please contact the church office at 687.9444.
Parenting Workshop – We want to make families and discipling our kids a top priority. Starting the evening of Monday, March 6, we are hosting a 10 week parenting workshop from 6:00-7:30pm. Learn skills and make connections with other people that will help equip you to be a God-honoring parent or grandparent. Childcare is provided. This equipping workshop will be lead by pastors and elders of Community Church.
The Ways of the Alongsider – This is more than a book to read; it’s a life to experience. It is more than a program to complete; it’s a passion to pursue. Much is written about the curriculum and content of discipleship, but relatively few writers tell us HOW to make disciples. This equipping class will help you understand the ways and principles needed to help people become wholehearted followers of Jesus. When you finish this class you will say, “By faith, I can do this. God can use me to make disciples who make disciples.” This equipping class is for women and is taught by Jody Severance on Tuesday nights beginning February 7th, from 6:30-8:30pm at the church building. Homework will take 1-2 hours a week.
GPS-Gifted and Prepared to Serve – Discover your unique design and serve in the way God intended you to! In this class we will take you through the Life Journey Workbook. “As you discover how God has already equipped you with strengths, abilities, passions, experiences and gifts, you will determine personal direction for fulfilling your God-given life purpose.” Come join us for this life changing course for women, led by Jim and Annie Vandermeer on Wednesday mornings, beginning on February 15th.
How to Lead a Discipleship Tiny Group – Triad or Quad – A discipleship tiny group is a small group of committed people (3-4) led by a facilitator to help each person intentionally become a disciple of Jesus, who can then help disciple another or lead a group. This three hour equipping class will help you learn how to recruit people to your group and then lead your group to facilitate discussion, discovery, life application and multiplication. This will be a one-session workshop led by Roy and Margaret Fitzwater and will be offered several times beginning in March, 2017.