When the Saints Go Marching In

Matching the Saints with Mentors and Ministry

This blog takes us to Step Three in revitalizing the church by engaging the priesthood of saints in the work of the ministry through matching and mentoring. With this blog I want to alert you to the idea of the matching process. 

A motivated person is a person on the move. To be on the move is not only about physical movement. Being on the move requires the engagement of physical, mental, social, and spiritual considerations. It embodies in whole of one’s being. One of the steps to fulfillment is matching you with the works God has prepared so that you can have an effective ministry. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 

This verse has always intrigued me. Particularly the part where it states that the works God has for us to do are prepared for us in advance. When we come to know God or even if we engage in religious activity we often are anxious about launching out to do things for God.  

We often equate any good works with doing the things we could be rewarded for when we die, even if we are not consciously thinking about them. I think this is a wrong way to evaluate our desire to serve. Our passion for service must be much more than “Jesus is coming, look busy.”  

Nothing we do for God counts for eternity apart from what we are prepared to allow God to do both in and through us. This is why the more we submit to Christ the more the Holy Spirit can translate the works He has for us and unleash the gifts he has brought into our lives to empower our service.   

God has a specific plan for our lives. As we move closer in our relationship with Jesus Christ, the energy and power of God kicks in. We give attention to the root builders of our faith which are made up of reading the Word, dedicated prayer, Christian fellowship, and service. If we address these areas we will see more clearly His direction and feel more completely His presence in what we are about. 

Remember, as we stated in the beginning of this blog, a motivated person is a person on the move. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, a process I call “matching” becomes an important factor. This is a critical step for both the individual and the spiritual health of the church as we find our place in the priesthood of saints.  

There are two aspects for “matching.” The first is to match a person with the ministry area that suits them. When we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit moves into our lives with a tool box full of spiritual gifts that equip us for the works Christ has for us to do. In our natural state we have talents that give us a capacity to find service areas suited to our personality traits and skills. When we accept Christ and the Holy Spirit comes into our lives the spiritual gifts He brings enhance our natural talents and experience.  

The second part of matching is putting you along side the right mentor who can guide you through the process of service in whatever aspect of the ministry God reveals for you to serve. The church must have a group of mentors ready for the newly redeemed folks who God is bringing into his family. 

The mentors must be experienced and also trained to work with a new generation of people God is preparing for ministry. Paul writes to Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Once again I want to refer to my book “More Than Volunteers” where I define 16 ministry areas where people can choose to serve. The book also outlines the foundational work in setting up a mentoring program through interviews and seminars. If pastors and lay leaders, along with interested saints, will take the guidelines seriously and apply them to the already existing service platforms of the church, they will never fail because of neglect in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.

In summary: The three steps to “matching” are: To interview the person who is desirous of serving the Lord, work through the 16 possible ministry areas, (You can add to these areas or delete them as they only serve as models for your thinking), then find a qualified person in the ministry area chosen to guide the person through the process of carrying out the work. 

Please feel free to interact with me on this. The blog is to share insight with you who read it and I am ready to help you take the next step.

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