Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gifts-Based Church

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All scripture is inspired by God ... so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Equipped for Every Good Work is a four-tool process that can help you discover and develop the spiritual gifts, spirituality types, interaction styles, and working preferences of each person in your congregation. Begun in 1988, the Profile of Congregational Leadership has been used in approximately two hundred different churches of seven denominations in settings of all ...

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Overview

All scripture is inspired by God ... so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Equipped for Every Good Work is a four-tool process that can help you discover and develop the spiritual gifts, spirituality types, interaction styles, and working preferences of each person in your congregation. Begun in 1988, the Profile of Congregational Leadership has been used in approximately two hundred different churches of seven denominations in settings of all shapes, sizes, locations, and racial-ethnic backgrounds. Equipped for Every Good Work is not intended as a tool to help congregations assign members to jobs on committees, boards, councils, or task forces. Instead, it is a process of discovery and discussion of the gifts, graces, and abilities of the leadership core of a local congregation. It shifts the attention off of what we do and on to who we are as called, gifted, and empowered people of God. Through self-exploration and discovery, each person can gain new insights about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the entire congregation can grow as a faith-forming spiritual community. Leaders—A special website (equippedforeverygoodwork.wordpress.com) provides access to all the handouts, presentation materials, reference materials, and interpretive aids.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610972406
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 1,273,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan R. Dick is the originator of the "Profile of Congregational Leadership."ÊAn ordained pastor of The United Methodist Church serving in extension ministry as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Wisconsin Annual Conference, Dan is aÊnationally known speaker, teacher, andÊauthor of thirteen books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond.ÊDan is an avid reader, with a deep passion for biblical studies. His doctoral work was in extracanonical writings of the ante-nicene period, and his doctor of ministry work was in stewardship education. He has a love of research and critical thinking, and he continues to share his study and analysis ofÊtrends impacting The United Methodist Church through his popular blog, United Methodeviations (doroteos2.wordpress.com). Barbara A. Dick is a freelance editor for religious publishers. Her editing projects include Newscope, The Wesley Study Bible, The Abingdon Worship Annual, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, Black Church Studies, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, and Prepare!, all from Abingdon Press, as well as Joy to the World and Haiti: Challenges and Hope for the Women's Division of The United Methodist Church. Barbara has written for the Upper Room Disciplines and completed work on new and revised United Methodist brochures on Communion, Baptism, Membership Vows, Grace, and others for The United Methodist Publishing House in 2010.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

What Is Equipped for Every Good Work? 5

The Evolution of a Process: Dan's Journey 7

Resource Outline 10

Process Overview 12

Chapter 1 Foundations 15

Scriptural Foundations 15

Cultural Foundations: Three Premises 16

Spiritual Foundation: The Nature of Spiritual Gifts 21

Building on the Foundation 22

Chapter 2 Spiritual Gifts inventory 25

Instructions for the Group Leader 25

A Spiritual Gifts Inventory for Individuals and Congregations 31

Spiritual Gifts Definitions: Leader's Version 38

Spiritual Gifts: Interpretive Helps 44

Spiritual Gifts Interview Method 47

Chapter 3 Leadership/Interaction Styles 53

Instructions for the Group Leader 53

Leadership/Interaction Styles Introduction 57

Descriptive Statements of the Leadership/Interaction Styles 58

Stress Paths of the Leadership/Interaction Styles 61

Harmonizing the Leadership/Interaction Styles 63

Leadership/Interaction Styles: Interpretive Helps 65

Chapter 4 Spirituality Web 69

Instructions for the Group Leader 69

Spirituality Web Introduction 73

Spirituality Web List (Individual) 74

Descriptive Statements on Spirituality Types: Encountering God Through the Means of Grace 75

Spirituality Web List (Corporate) 80

Spirituality Web: Interpretive Helps 82

Chapter 5 Task Type Preferences 87

Instructions for the Group Leader 87

Task Type Descriptions 90

Task Type Preferences: Interpretive Helps 91

Additional Information 91

Intermission: A Trip to Dawson 93

Chapter 6 Beyond Information to Transformation 97

Stages of the Faith journey 97

Development: The Means of Grace 99

Deployment: Maturing Love 102

Conclusion 104

Appendixes 107

Profile of Congregational Leadership Process Schedule 108

Profile of Congregational Leadership-Interpretive Matrices 117

Phase of Life Context 138

Follow-Up Exercises: Questions for Reflection Spiritual Gifts Bingo Leadership/Interaction Styles Group Exercise Activating the Spirituality Web Through the Means of Grace Spirituality Web Scripture Exploration Exercise Designing Teams for Effective Ministry Exercise 140

Spiritual Gifts Data 146

"The Next Best Thing to Jesus Christ": Dialogue Sermon Sermon Reflection Guide 157

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