We’ve been discussing a few reasons why each member should seriously consider being a part of a LifeStage Class each Sunday. So far we’ve looked at …
- Biblical Literacy + Theological Understanding
- Practical Life-application + Obedience
- Mutual Care + Discipling
Today, we will briefly consider the final objective:
Leadership Training + Development
In the traditional Sunday School set up of the past, each particular class had their own teacher. But, if you’ve been a part of a LifeStage Class over the last year or so, you’ve noticed that there is no longer an “assigned teacher” for each class. Instead, multiple teachers are moving from class to class teaching on a variety of subjects and themes.
Here are a few simple reasons for this change –
Each of us is unique in the way we learn and process truth. This is why you can hear the same idea numerous times from one individual, but it begins to make sense when you hear someone else explain it. This is the beauty of multiple teachers. Through a variety of teachers, all with differing personalities, backgrounds, and experiences, each member has the opportunity to benefit from a great diversity of teaching gifts.
There are men within the congregation who are committed to the growth and development of this church family. The way God has gifted them to contribute to our health is by way of teaching. We are so thankful to God for the multiple qualified teachers he has given us! These classes provide an opportunity for more people to exercise their gifts for the good of the body. This leads right into the third reason.
Identifying Future Pastors/Elders
God designed it so that the church would be strengthened and equipped to engage in ministry as the members are equipped by the pastors (Ephesians 4:11-16). In a sense, as the church grows, the number of pastors should grow to keep up with the training and equipping needs of the church. This does not necessarily mean LBC should plan to hire more pastors. It does mean that we should pray about identifying and setting apart some of our own members to serve as pastors/elders.
To be a member of the church means you have the responsibility to help identify those who are particularly gifted to lead and teach in a way that builds up and edifies the church. LifeStage Classes is a key means of identifying those who could one day serve LBC as an Elder, or even identifying those that could one day be sent out to help establish or strengthen another local church. The goal is that LBC would continually be involved in this process of identifying, training, testing, and affirming those who could serve the church as pastors/elders.To be a member of the church means you have the responsibility to help identify those who are particularly gifted to lead and teach in a way that builds up and edifies the church. Click To Tweet
This Sunday, will you not only pay attention to the truths being taught but also thank God for the gifted teachers He has given us? Will you take some time to provide encouragement or helpful feedback as to how God used the teaching in your life? Will you keep an eye out for those God may be raising up within our own church to help lead us in the future as a pastor/elder?
LifeStage Classes will meet this Sunday at 9:30. If you haven’t committed to getting involved in the church in this way, why not begin this week?