MADE FOR MORE: Continued (Vol.1 - 11.6.19)
Updated: Nov 25, 2019
This past Sunday, we wrapped up our sermon series, MADE FOR MORE. And although the series is over, we hope to see the church continue to live into the reality that we truly are MADE FOR MORE, through the grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit!
One of the ways that the Apostle Paul says that we live as a church MADE FOR MORE is through the gifts that Jesus gave to His church. In Ephesians 4, Paul talks about the APEST, the five-fold gifts in which the fullness of Christ and the immeasurable power of God are displayed in and through His church.
“And He gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherds and Teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
—Ephesians 4:11-12 —ESV
As we continue to transition into this new season as THEWELL, we are grateful for the diversity of gifts, passions, and stories with which God has blessed our faith community. Our staff recently took the opportunity to take an APEST assessment to help us determine (confirm) the ways in which God is pouring out these gifts at THEWELL…
-Matt, our Visioning Pastor, received the results of primary gifting in Apostleship
(with secondary gifting in Evangelism)
-Our Discipleship Pastor, Tyler, displays gifts and graces in both Shepherding AND Teaching
-Ken, who serves in Community Connections, is gifted in Evangelism AND Shepherding
-Lori, THEWELL’s Church Administrator, shows primary gifting in Prophecy
(as well as strong secondary gifting in several areas)
We are so grateful for the team that God has brought together and the diversity of these gifts present here. In seeking to honor God and to help lead THEWELL as a church MADE FOR MORE, our staff is committed to living into and aligning ourselves according to these gifts.
(Take the assessment here... https://designdiscovery.com/fivefold-spiritual-gifts-test/)
*NOTE - where they use “Pastor” we are translating “Shepherd”
Pastor Matt will primarily focus on visioning and helping us all live into and own God’s vision for THEWELL. With secondary gifting in Evangelism, much of that will be aligned with helping us be a church that emphasizes reaching new people, those who don’t know Jesus, who have never tasted the Living Water. He will lead/oversee the designing of worship and preaching. And he will be committed to investing in and raising up new leaders according to their own Gifts, Passions, and Stories.
Pastor Tyler will be focussing on Discipleship (Teaching) and Congregational Care (Shepherding). He will be working with our Discipleship Team, Sunday School Teachers, and Small Group Leaders to help build a culture of discipleship. He will also be overseeing the bulk of our Visitation and Congregational Care ministries, doing visitation himself, as well as raising up and training individuals who are also gifted in Shepherding to partner in this vital ministry.
Ken Lewis will use his two areas of gifting working hand in hand, as he seeks to help us bridge the gaps between us and the community, between the people who are here and the people who are not. As a shepherd, his role is to walk alongside people and as an evangelist, his role is to look for opportunities to help us all share the Good News.
Lori Saxe, is so much more than a secretary for THEWELL. Her Prophetic voice helps our entire team to see things as they are vs. how they could/should be. Her gifting and her role are vital to the future of THEWELL as seek to be missional movement in our communities.
Church We are MADE FOR MORE! And today we simply leave you with this…
“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have Him, this Father of our Master Jesus. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!”
—1 Peter 1:3-4 —The Message
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
—Ephesians 3:20-21 —NIV