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9 things you should know about the people that join your church?
In 30 years of ministry, I have observed that many churches really do not know the make-up of their church membership. Who have the skills, talents and abilities that are needed to engage your local community and provide ministry to others?
Jesus knew his disciples and called them by name. He personally called them to join him, in his ministry. He promised that if they would follow him, he would make them successful in the work they would be undertaking. “I will make you fishers of men. “
Jesus did not equivocate he was completely direct.
“I will make you … “
Can we as Church Leaders do the same?
In any given church, there are dozens of Leadership roles and many more Ministry Opportunities that need to be staffed with competent people. From visitation team to teachers, from outreach teams to hospital visitation teams and many more, do you feel confident to ask your church members to take on a difficult task and know that they will be successful?
Have you taken the time to get to know each person in your membership well enough to assign them or ask them, to volunteer for sensitive and delicate ministry tasks?
Church Leaders must get to know their membership before they enlist them for work in the local church ministry.
9 things you should know about the people that join your church:
If you could learn all this about your new members and begin a process of discovery with your current membership would you be interested? A new online tool will provide churches with 9 tools that give you more information on which to act when involving people in ministry.
The Ministry Profiles Assessment Application can provide you with these tools.
First are 5 Assessments
Passions - we identify a total of 303 passions. These are real passion that people care about. They are not on the surface all church related.
Skills - we identify 256 skills commonly used in business and work setting. Would it ever be helpful to know who in your church have carpentry skills, nursing, Office management, graphics etc?
Vocational background - choose from 325 jobs and trades
Spiritual Gifts - Each church can choose from 7, 9, 16, 20 or 23 Gift List.
DISC Personality Profile - This test is used in many business and church assessment sites. It is included in your membership fee at no additional charge.
Second there are 5 Inventories that will give a real insight into what your new members and congregation knows how to do.
Languages - Many of our members know languages other than English. What ministry could you undertake in your community if you had a pool of members that can speak in a language to ethnic groups to whom you want to minister?
Licenses - Do you have Barbers, Attorneys, Counselors, Insurance Agents or others in your membership. We list over 50 licenses that can bring needed skills to your church as you develop new ministry opportunities.
Talents - Do you have people that play and instrument or did play and instrument in High School. We list every orchestral instrument as well as all vocal ranges and levels of experience. Your Music Ministry can grow in many ways if you just knew your people.
Educational Experience - have your new members taught in Public, Private or Collegiate settings? Have they taught in a previous church of church school? If your church has ever struggled finding teachers for your Sunday School, AWANA's or other age groups you will now have a whole new set of leaders that have valuable experience.
Ministry Experience - This inventory will identify both Paid and Volunteer experience.
Assessments are available as an annual Church License.
Licenses are based on the “Active Attendees” in your church. You do not pay based on membership.
If you have 350 people on average that attend your church that is the number on which your license is based.
Only $5 per attendee is your annual commitment.
You get a full report on each member that completes the assessments and inventories.
You can see what ministries your members are a good match.
Each Member’s answers are cross-referenced to a database of 275 Ministry Opportunities.
Search on any Gift, Skill, Passion or Vocation and view a complete list of church members that match your query.
These test and assessments are available online at Ministryprofiles.com or in print form from our bookstore.
A quick search of the Internet will reveal a number of definitions for the ministry of assimilation. The most common definitions are as follows:
Assimilate is defined by euporia.com as: "To include into the larger whole; to involve; to make one."
Dictionary.com defines the word ‘assimilate’ a: ‘to take in and incorporate as one’s own; absorb.’
The concept of bringing in new people or members is not new. Many of us will remember the old gospel hymn “bringing in the sheave”. As a child, I always wondered what a sheave was, but now I understand it to mean any new member or soul that has been added to the kingdom of God.
The church has always had as its purpose the spreading of the gospel and bringing in new people. Only in the last couple decades have we assigned the word assimilate, to this process. Churches have added Ministers of Assimilation, and Assimilation Classes, and a whole new industry has been invented for the purpose of teaching church assimilation.
The idea of assimilation is not new to Scripture. In fact, in Ephesians we find Paul talking about this very concept. Eph. 2:19, (The Message) says "The kingdom of faith is now your home country. You are no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here..." Jesus intended new people to come into the kingdom of God and to call it their home. His final commission to his followers was to go into all the world, beginning in Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the world and make disciples.
The church should be actively involved in bringing in new people and making them feel at home. Incorporating them into every aspect of your church and the kingdom is the mission God has given to each of us.
This course has taken the concept of assimilation and added to it the idea of integration. The reason for the addition is quite simple; not only are we to assimilate or bring in new members, but we must make changes to our own organization as we integrate their skills, passions, abilities and calling.
Every new member that is assimilated comes with a predetermined and preset calling by God, and experience that adds to the whole. It is these new experiences, skills, and passions that cause growth in our organizations and inspire all of us as we learn from each other.
Assimilation and integration therefore is not just a program, which can be instituted, but a way of thinking and a means of allowing the Holy Spirit to move in all of our churches and to expand the kingdom of God as Jesus intended it.