Our last DisciplePath Summit (Summit 3) was held on October 2-3. We had 30 people attend with most of them having taken part in Summit 1 or 2.
Friday: We spent Friday night going through Module 9 "Stewardship Principles." We looked at five myths about ministry and money and reviewed some of the Biblical principles of stewardship. We then examined ten steps for increasing our regular church giving as well as the benefits of helping peopel see their responsibility and blessing in giving.
Saturday: We spent Saturday going through Modules10-12: "Leading Your Church through Change," "Principles of Infrastructure," and "Disciplemaking Infrastructure." We learned such things as the five stages in the lifecycle of a church and cultural authority styles with regards to change. With regard to infrastructure, we learned about the three different levels of relationships, the four principles necessary to develop those levels of relationships and the five issues that impact implementing those principles.
Important Principles to understand and remember
1.) Concerning stewardship, if we fail to teach all biblical principles for living, then we rob our people of some blessing of God intended for their lives.
2.) Concerning stewardship, leaders cannot lead in an area they have never been. It is important for our church leaders to be faithful in stewardship and generosity.
3.) Concerning Change, a church is either growing toward being effective for God, being effective for God, or decreasing in being effective for God.
4.) Concerning Change, while change is universal, how it is received and how it is accomplished will vary according to several main factors present in every church including the current leadership style and the continuing change of the makeup of the congregation.
5.) Concerning Infrastructure, churches need to focus on those tasks which help develop healthy relationships, multiply numerical growth, and facilitate spiritual growth. These three things happen differently in the three levels of relationships that every disciple needs in their lives.
6.) Concerning Infrastructure, there are some key principles of human relationships that we can either understand and incorporate into how we organize our church, or we can ignore or violate and struggle to develop relationships in our church.
Summit 3 Participants
These individuals were at the full Summit - Friday and Saturday. (* Also were at Summit 1 or 2)
Homework for Individuals - From Summit 4
1.) Sign-up for Summit 4 (see Summit 4 page or contact Cindy in the church office)
2.) Make sure all homework from previous Summits is completed
3.) Attend our DisciplePath Team meetings between Summit 3 and 4 (dates being set)