Total Church Life Teacher's Guide

1997 Edition

By Darrell Robinson and Thomas Wright


Information about the authors and introduction/copyright.

Table of Contents

Introduction for the leader

Teaching options

Suggested Countdown calendar/schedule

Testimonies

Teaching Outlines

Videotape 1, Introduction, 26 minutes, Session 1, 33:25 min.)

Session 2 (Textbook Chapter 2, page 29 ) videotape 1, 19:20 min.

Session 3 (Textbook Chapter 3, page 42) videotape 2, 27:50 min.

Session 4 (Textbook Chapter 4, page 57) videotape 2, 29:51 min.

Session 5 (Textbook Chapter 5, page 81) videotape 2, 24:20 min.

Session 6 (Textbook Chapter 6, page 95) videotape 3, 21:30 min.

Session 7 (Textbook Chapter 7, page 107) videotape 3, 10:34 min.

Session 8 (Textbook Chapter 8, page 120) videotape 3, 18:20 min.

Session 9 (Textbook Chapter 9, page 145) videotape 3, 18:03 min.

Session 10 (Textbook Chapter 10, page 154) videotape 4, 26:00 min.

Session 11 (Textbook Chapter 11, page 174) videotape 4, 13:12 min.

Session 12 (Textbook Chapter 12, page 183) videotape 4, 4:53 min.

Session 13 (Textbook Chapter 13, page 191) videotape 4, 22:30 min.

What's next?

Appendices

 


Introduction for the leader

Welcome to a life-long adventure in learning an evangelistic church growth strategy. Billy Graham says that Total Church Life (TCL) is "a practical strategy that can help any church fulfill its evangelistic purpose (p. xiii)." Imagine that, a strategy that can help ANY church fulfill its evangelistic purpose.

A Variety of Resources are Available. All of these resources are available from  North American Mission Board (NAMB) Customer Service Center at 1 800 233-1123.

Multiple Options

One of the formats in this manual provides suggestions for teaching the material in thirteen sessions that each can be from 50 to 90 minutes. Other formats include a retreat setting, self-study, small groups, and using an instruction video with the author. Adapt and use whatever formats you need to help your people enjoy, understand and adopt the TCL evangelistic church growth strategy.

Why teach TCL in your church?

Many congregations are looking to become the first century church in a 21st century world. This does not happen automatically or by accident. Churches that have evangelistic growth have a plan and approach that is adapted for their unique setting.

TCL allows you to adapt the biblical strategy so that it is relevant to your congregation in your social and cultural setting.

Many Christian leaders emphasize varying purposes of the church. Many focus on the need for worship, others for training and discipleship, others emphasize the evangelistic purpose of the church. TCL helps the congregation to determine the purpose of the church includes all three aspects.

What are the basic principles of TCL?

TCL teaches that a healthy congregation will grow if it will do these three things:

Why is TCL called a strategy and not a program?

A strategy is long term approach under which your programs function. As a strategy it does not matter if you call it Total Church Life or something else. The important thing is to help the member learn the purpose of the church and participate in evangelistic church growth.

How do I make the TCL strategy work in my church?

The TCL strategy can be taught in any setting that is helpful to your congregation. The key is to get as many people involved as possible. Follow the suggested countdown calendar. Help the members and leaders see that TCL helps the church change their mind set. This may require many years so be patient.

Follow the twelve action steps for implementing the TCL strategy found in chapter 13. These are very practical steps that will help the strategy become an important part of the church. Now begin the adventure!

 


Teaching Options

TCL can be taught in any of several flexible formats. Use one or more of these formats for different groups in your congregation. Create your own hybrid of several formats so the congregation will enjoy, understand and adopt its principles. It doesn't matter how you teach it, just teach it!

 


Suggested Countdown Calendar/Schedule

Follow this countdown calendar to be sure everyone in the church is informed and involved in the evangelistic church growth strategy planning sessions.

What

1. Decision and Approval of study and time schedule

 

 

 

2. Approval of study and dates

 

3. Pulpit emphasis through sermon series and announcements

4. Order book and materials

5. Publicity and promotion

 

6. Promotion through Sunday School

7. Prayer emphasis through homes and 24-hour prayer meeting

8. Study TCL

9. Follow-up discussion and evaluation, completing the evangelism calendar

10. Formal adoption of evangelistic strategy

11. Continuing strategy development and use

Who

Church Evangelism Council, committee or special task force, ad hoc group/Church Missions Development Council

Church Body in business meeting or church conference

Pastor

 

 

Evangelism council/ CMDC/pastor/staff

Evangelism council/ CMDC/pastor/staff

Evangelism council/ CMDC/pastor/staff

Church Body/leadership

 

 

Church Body/leadership

Evangelism council/ CMDC/pastor/staff

 

Church Body/leadership

 

 

Church Body/leadership

When

Ten weeks before the study begins

 

 

 

Nine weeks before the study begins

 

Eight to five weeks before the study begins

 

Eight weeks before the study begins

Four weeks before the study begins

Three weeks before the study begins

One week before the study begins

 

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One week after the study

 

 

Two weeks after the study

 

 

 


Testimonies

How I teach TCL on the West Coast by Randy McWhorter

I am convinced that the guiding principles of Total Church Life will work for anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is a strategy that will help any church focus on their priorities.

If you were to ask the average member of our church what total church life meant, they would have absolutely no idea what you were talking about. Many of them would not know of Darrell Robinson. But if you were to ask them what the mission of our church is, most of them could tell you, "It is to exalt the Savior, equip the saints, and evangelize the sinner."

Several years ago I read Dr. Robinson's book and attended a Total Church Life seminar. I became convinced that the priorities of every New Testament Church could be assimilated in three tasks. I began to preach sermons based on the ideas presented in this book - sermons on topics that covered what a church is, what a church is to do, and what a church is to be.

I led the church to adopt a mission statement and purpose statement that included the Total Church Life strategy. We placed our priorities in writing and publish them as often as we can. The cover of our church bulletin each week proclaims our three-fold task - Exalt, Equip, Evangelize. It is embossed on our church stationary - Exalt, Equip, Evangelize.

Every ministry and program of our church is designed to accomplish at least one of these strategies. Each sermon I preach is designed with at least one of these strategies in mind. The results have been rewarding. Applying this strategy ensures a balance in the total program and ministries of the church. We have not experienced explosive growth that would impress the world, but we have experienced steady growth with balance that will enable us to build on a solid foundation.

The Great Commission has no boundaries. There are no geographical, generational, gender, or genre limits. The task of every church remains the same whether in the South, North, East, or wild West. Jesus knew that whether you are in Jerusalem or Jacksonville, Judea or New Jersey, Samaria or Smerna, the uttermost parts of the world or the outermost parts of California, that our task would remain the same. Total Church Life is a church growth strategy that will work anywhere, anytime.

Randy McWhorter, Pastor - First Southern Baptist Church, Fountain Valley, CA

 


Teaching "Total Church Life" in the Local Church by Ernest L. Easley

Teaching "Total Church Life" in the local church the last eight years has proved beneficial to the Kingdom's work. I have seen churches grow, budgets increase, and people won to Jesus through the principles of TCL. I have found three simple steps helpful in incorporating the principles of "Total Church Life."

Step One is Demonstration. Somebody once said to me, "Ernest, always remember that more is caught than taught." That's also true in teaching TCL in the local church. The pastor must first demonstrate the biblical principles of TCL before expecting the local church to accept and apply them!

Step Two is Explanation. I enjoy explaining the principles of TCL in our new members class. They know from the start our direction and intent!

Preaching/Teaching through TCL has proved very helpful. A series of messages on "The Church" provides a wonderful platform for presenting TCL.

Each year I preach a message to our people that summarizes the principles of TCL. We learn by repetition and it is helpful for new members too.

The end of a worship service is a good time to remind the local church that we have gathered for worship and now we're scattering for witness! Look for windows of opportunity to keep TCL before your people.

Step Three is Application. "Total Church Life" remains nothing more than a good theory until you apply it. Our staff gets together for planning out the new year. A Church Council or some other group that works together planning the annual church calendar is the key group for applying TCL. Events and ministries never get done unless they are calendared and budgeted!

Carefully and prayerfully calendar events for three years that will ensure the local church of Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints, and Evangelizing the Sinner!

Dr. Ernest L. Easley, pastor, First Baptist Church - Odessa, Texas

 


How I Teach TCL Through an Association by Derrell Lewis

In 1986 I had Darrell Robinson come into my church for a revival. We also had a one day TCL seminar for leadership and for other pastors in the association. I immediately implemented the material in the remaining years as a pastor. In 1992 at Las Vegas, Nevada; I was certified as a

TCL teacher instructor. When I became Director of Missions for Panhandle Baptist Association in Oklahoma, and knowing the help it had been to me, I began planning how to introduce the materials to our churches.

I adapted the material to go more into detail about some of the needs we had in Sunday School, church mind-set, and internal church problems. We found it highly effective in a Wednesday night through Sunday morning conference. I do not know of any other material that is as clear and simple in teaching the plan, purpose and power of the church as TCL.

After proper publicity, I invited all our pastors, along with those nearby in Texas and Kansas, to attend a one day seminar to learn what TCL could do to help the church be the church. It was well attended and is being used in several churches. I have led conferences for pastors & leaders from four associations, and twenty churches. Nine of those have been in this association. I believe this is the most effective way to spark interest in association churches. If Directors of Missions are not prepared to do it themselves, it is well worth bringing in a leader who is trained. TCL will help an associational DOM help the churches.

It is not a miracle seminar but it presents the biblical basis to teach the church how to be the church. In every church where TCL was really implemented, it did some marvelous things. But it still takes commitment and work to build great churches. Churches must learn to make 'eternal decisions' and how to build a mind-set for growth.

Is TCL just for large churches? Absolutely not! God's basic plan for the church is no different in a church running twenty-five in Sunday School and one running twenty-five hundred. It involves numbers of people in relationship to its size but the plan is the same. I strongly believe every Southern Baptist church of every size could greatly profit from TCL. It becomes a choice of growth or death for churches, with the amount of time the unknown factor. Many churches need to stay in business for God but many churches need to get in business for God.

Derrel D. Lewis, Th.D. Director of Missions, Panhandle Baptist Association

 


How TCL works through a State Convention by Milton Hollifield

Most pastors want their church to experience success in reaching the people who live in their neighborhoods with the Gospel. Some churches are able to do this sporadically through revivals and other intentional evangelistic events. However, there exists an even smaller number of

pastors who can sustain a pattern of leading their membership to evangelize many lost people in their communities year after year. Consistent success in evangelism through the local church does not just happen. It requires vision, effective leadership, planning, discipleship, intercessory prayer, and a faithful work. Dr. Darrell W. Robinson's book, Total Church Life, presents proven techniques that enable pastors to lead their congregations in worship of the Savior, in growing spiritually, and in building a fellowship which has a heartbeat for evangelizing the lost around them. Most churches in our state which have experienced consistent success in evangelism throughout the years, have learned and applied the foundational precepts of this strategy.

The principles contained in Total Church Life need to be learned and applied by every church leader so they can more effectively fulfill the commission given to us by Jesus. The Evangelism Division of North Carolina's Baptist State Convention is committed to helping our associations and churches fulfill the particular mission God has given them. Our evangelism staff serves as a resource in helping motivate, encourage and train leaders to develop their strategies for building

evangelistic churches. We work through the local associations to assist both groups of churches and individual congregations. We train leaders intentionally, using the tried and proven concepts contained in the book Total Church Life . We accomplish this in the following ways:

  1. We promote TCL (Total Church Life) as our flagship strategy for building vibrant New Testament churches.

  2. Regional TCL training events are presented across our state every three years for Association Directors of Evangelism, Directors of Missions, church leaders and vocational evangelists. These instructional conferences provide orientation which equips the participants to lead TCL seminars in their own association. Those certified are then used by our office as Field Staff Consultants.

  3. During our annual meeting with all Association Directors of Evangelism, (association evangelism committee chairperson) we encourage them to schedule a Total Church Life training event in their association. We offer to provide a facilitator from our state convention staff or the North American Mission Board to lead this training event.

  4. We offer each new pastor in the churches of our state convention a free copy of the book Total Church Life and suggest to them that a great way to begin their ministry with that congregation is to lead their members in a study of this strategy.

  5. Through promotional material, conferences and the internet, we advertise that our staff, along with additional trained Field Staff Consultants, is available to lead TCL studies in churches.

Milton A. Hollifield, JR, Director, Evangelism Division, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

 


Implementing TCL in an Ethnic Setting by Eliu Camacho-Vasquez

Any biblically-based book in English can be used effectively by any other group if it is contextualized by that group. This also is true of biblically-based books that are written in other languages, for they also can be contextualized to the English speaking group.

Total Church Life is such a book. Though it was written mainly for an Anglo constituency, the book and all accompanying resources can be contextualized in every ethnic group in the United States. In Christianity, we have developed a language of our own that transcends any particular ethnic group. While it is healthy to keep our diversity in culture and language, each group becomes richer by sharing the thoughts, methods and processes that have been effective in other groups.

To be effective in our quest to "evangelize the world," we must search for all resources available. TCL has already been used effectively in many different non-English speaking groups including African-Americans, East-Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, Deaf and many different Hispanic cultures. These are some of the suggestions that pastors have shared with me on how to contextualize the TCL materials:

1. Illustrations should be placed in context, explaining its meaning to the ethnic group, or replaced by a culturally-relevant illustration. Words such as backslide, will need to be explained. And words such as penetration,which can be offensive in some groups may be exchanged for other words such as inundation, or saturation, . . . etc.

2. The methods presented by Dr. Robinson are workable in the ethnic context. Alternative methods must be employed for the effective planning, and implementation of the penetration aspect of the strategy. Some methods that have been successful in ethnic churches are:

A. Organized Civic Clubs- Ethnic groups in America long for fellowship with others of the same group. They organize in order to cope with the host environment and to maintain the ties to their culture and language. The membership of these organizations, if plotted in a map, will give an idea as to the areas where there is a concentration of this particular group.

B. Telephone Directory- People's names of a specific group is readily recognized by people from the same group.

C. Selection of Zip Codes- Depending on the ethnic population, the church=s area of operation may be larger than the English speaking counterpart. The census bureau has identified tracks that will give information on ethnicity and the potential for an ethnic church in the area.

D. Training in Religion or Sect of origin - It is probable that each group will have to deal with a concentration of a certain religious background (Example: Hispanics with Catholics; Japanese with Shintoism, etc.). It behooves the church to concentrate in an intense training program on how to witness to persons of these backgrounds. While the message of the Gospel is the same and the Holy Spirit has the convincing and convicting power, the believer must possess the tools that the Spirit will use in the communication of the Gospel. TCL provides many tools that can help ethnic congregations exalt, equip and evangelize.

Dr. Camacho-Vasquez is an actively retired pastor, administrator and teacher with a national ministry to ethnics.

 


The Use of Total Church Life in Theological Education by Dr. Dan R. Crawford

On the first day of class each semester I tell my evangelism students that other professors will teach them to exegete scripture. I will try to teach them to exegete their church family and their church field. The balance of these along with a prayer and private devotional life will lead to effective reaching out to and ministering among people in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God.

After discussing principles of church evangelism, we turn our attention to methods. I tell them that they will be the recipients of many potentially good evangelism programs for their church. Some of these will arrive in the mail; others will be offered through seminars and workshops; still others will be passed on by fellow ministers. They will need to take these materials and weigh, adapt, delete, adjust and modify them to fit their unique situation. The best program to reach their church field has not yet been discovered. Otherwise, there would be no unreached people still living in their community. Since the best program is still to be discovered I tell them to think creatively. I introduce them to many evangelistic programs that have been effective in some churches. I show them models (many through the video tapes in the Total Church Life Resource Kit) of churches that are effectively reaching people. I show them how to secure and use demographic and psychographic information. We talk about how to best equip, motivate and mobilize their church members. Then we turn to strategy.

Neither principles, nor methods, nor programs, nor models, nor demographics, nor psychographics, nor equipping, nor motivation, nor mobilization will win lost people to Jesus Christ. These are all tools that become parts of a strategy. The strategy is to lift up Jesus in such a way that He, through the power of the Holy Spirit will draw people to Himself. This is where Total Church Life comes in.

In practical, biblical terminology Darrell Robinson presents a skeleton strategy that allows the individual to insert exegeted information from their own church family and their own church field. Total Church Life guides the individual into a tailor-made strategy for their church. Once the Savior is exalted, the saints can be equipped, and sinners can be evangelized. The leader and people will have envisioned a unique strategy for their own church.

Hopefully, my students complete my evangelism class with a satisfactory grade, but there is a greater hope. I hope they will have learned to balance the many facets of ministry with the many demands placed upon their life and in so doing, develop an effective, creative, biblical strategy for reaching unreached people to the glory of God and the growth of the church.

Dr. Dan Crawford is Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation and occupant of the Chair of Prayer at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also the developer of the first Total Church Life Resource Kit.

 


How to Teach Total Church Life in an International Setting By Dr. David Wheeler

Regardless of the cross-cultural setting, the strength of Total Church Life (TCL) is the biblical foundation of the principles concerning evangelistic church growth. The simple guidelines of total penetration of a community through the total participation of the church are not just applicable in western culture.

Saturation evangelism and the missionary call of every Christian to be an active witness are prevalent throughout the New Testament. The practice of evangelization therefore becomes an issue of obedience to Christ's Great Commission. In short, any congregation, in any cultural setting that does not seek to totally penetrate their ministry area with saving the message of Christ is responding contrary to God's call for His church.

With this in mind, the issue of teaching TCL in an international setting becomes little more than practicing basic contextualization. As the old saying goes, "the message stays the same while methods will continually change". In other words, since TCL is based in principle upon scripture, the basic truths of Dr. Robinson's approach are easily transferred cross-culturally.

For instance, Indiana Baptists have adopted TCL as their basic approach while participating in a missionary partnership with the Croatian Baptist Association. To say the least, TCL has been revolutionary for several of the struggling Croatian congregations.

Like most of Eastern Europe, because of the Communist domination that severely limited religious freedoms throughout the region, Croatian Baptists were not accustomed to the practice of open evangelization. Consequently, the strategic approach of Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints, and Evangelizing the Sinner was exactly what the hurting Croatians needed in order to reclaim their communities. Again, while a few of the American illustrations utilized in TCL were not relevant in some cases, the biblical principles of saturation remained constant.

As far as application, one can generally expect at least some opposition. This was certainly the case in Croatia where the older adults were preconditioned to fear both governmental and Catholic Church leaders. Because of this, most evangelical Christians preferred anonymity and avoided drawing attention to themselves through any type of confrontation, even basic evangelism.

However, this was not the case with much of the younger generation who embraced wholly the principles of TCL Conversely, the positive results generated through the saturation ministries of these younger leaders has provided the motivation to seek even greater evangelistic participation and utilization of TCL in the future. They have even translated the materials into Croatian.

Again, the key to both the success and acceptance of TCL in cross-cultural settings is the biblical mandate of obedience to God's call for the church to exalt, equip and evangelize. Once the church leaders overcome their fears, TCL provides the strategic and visionary framework to mobilize God's people to fulfill their purpose.

One must always keep in mind that working the fields and planting the Gospel seed is not a unique call reserved only for western civilization. In reality, as the biblical heartbeat of TCL, it is the essence of the Great Commission.

David Wheeler, Ph.D. is evangelism director for the Illinois Baptist Convention.

 


Teaching Outlines

Introduction

Session 1 (Textbook Introduction & Chapter 1, pages 1-28, Overhead cells # 1-6, Videotape 1)

Introduction: Strategy for a Healthy Church

Mentalized for Growth!

Diagram 1.1: The Strategically Focused Church (p.3, overhead cell 2)

12 Components of Total Church Life Strategy

1.Vision (ch. 1, p. 9)

2.Commitment (ch. 1, p. 9)

3.Leadership (ch. 4, p. 57; ch. 9, pp. 148-150)

4.Unity (ch. 2, pp. 32-38)

5.Membership Involvement (ch. 2, p. 29; ch. 6,pp. 95-97)

6.Celebrative and Joyful Worship and Praise (ch. 2, p. 37)

7.Prayer

8.Fellowship (ch. 3, p. 42)

9.Organization (ch. 8, p. 120)

10. Equipping (ch. 5, p. 81; ch. 7, p. 107)

11. Pastoral Care and Ministry (chs. 3-5)

12. Evangelizing (chs. 9-13)

TCL s Three-E Mission Statement

Exalt the Savior

Equip the Saints

Evangelize the Sinners

Simplicity, Transferability, Clarity

Using TCL Strategy

Chapter 1: Getting a Vision from God

Totally Committed to God

D. L. Moody heard someone say, Our world has yet to see what God can do through the life of one man totally committed to Him. Moody said, -I will be that man!

The Day I Hit Bottom

The Rope Was Too Short

Nature of the Church-Ekklesia

1.General (Eph. 5:32)

2.Local (1 Cor. 1:2)

A Church Is People

What Is a Church?

Definition: A local church is a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who have banded together to carry out the commission of Jesus Christ.

The Primacy of Local Churches

The Plan for the Church

The Prospect of the Church

The Body of Christ

The Church Gathered and Scattered

Obedience to Christ-The Priority of the Church:

Exalt the Savior, Equip the Saints, Evangelize the Sinner

Balancing the Three E s

Questions (p. 25)

 

PART ONE:EXALT THE SAVIOR

Session 2 (Textbook Chapter 2, page 29, Overhead cells # 7-8, Videotape 1)

EXALT THE SAVIOR, Chapter 2: The Health Factor

Jesus-The Head of the Body

Jesus Has Been Lifted Up

Jesus Will Be Lifted Up

The Church Must Lift Up Jesus Today

The Head Has Preeminence (see Col. 1:18)

Submitting Our Will to the Head

The Body Obeys the Head

Unity from the Head to Members

Body Life of the Church

Unity of Membership

Unity Expressed in Worship

Diversity of Members (see 1 Cor. 12:14-21)

Individuality of Members (see 1 Cor. 12:4-10, 15-17)

Interdependence of Members (see 1 Cor. 12:20-25)

Questions (p. 41)

 

Session 3 (Textbook Chapter 3, page 42, Overhead cells # 9-11, Videotape 2)

Chapter 3: The Fellowship Factor (see 1 John 1:4-7)

Fellowship and Church Growth

The Meaning of Fellowship

Fellowship with God and Fellowship with One Another

- Fellowship with God

- Fellowship with One Another

Fellowship That excludes and Fellowship That Includes

- Exclusive Fellowship

- Inclusive Fellowship

Threats to Fellowship

External Opposition (see Acts 4)

Invasion of Hypocrisy (see Acts 5)

Internal Dissension (see Acts 6)

Basis of Fellowship-Balanced Church Life

Building Balanced Emphases

1. Christ-centered

2. Person-centered

3. Bible-centered

4. Obedience-centered

Building a Balanced Ministry

1. A Powerful Worship Service

2. A Solid Education Ministry

3. A Dynamic Evangelism Thrust

4. A Consistent Ministry of Pastoral Care and Nurturing

5. A United and Growing Fellowship

Questions (p. 55)

 

Session 4 (Textbook Chapter 4, page 57, Overhead cells # 12-18, Videotape 2)

Chapter 4: The Leadership Factor

Pastor and Pastoral Staff:Fellowship Builders(see Acts 20:28, 1 Pet. 5:1-4)

Marks of Spiritual Leadership

1. Calling 2. Integrity 3. Vision

Three Functions of the Pastor:

1. Pastor-poimen (see Acts 20:28)-shepherd, nurture, feed

2. Bishop-episkopos (see Acts 20:28)-oversee, administer

3. Elder-presbuteros (see Acts 20:17)-example, model

Two Dangers for Leaders

Servant Leadership

Shared Leadership

Pastoral Assignments

1.Administrative

2.Shepherding

3.Evangelistic

Three Priorities of a Pastor

1.Preach the Word

2.Love People

3.Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

The People and Their Pastor (see 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Pet. 5:1-3)

Four Areas of Authority

Pastoral Authority

Pastors have a calling no one else has.

Pastors have a responsibility no one else has (see Heb. 13:7, 17).

Pastors have an accountability no one else has.

Delegated Authority

Attacks Against God s Leader

What to Do When the Pastor Is Wrong

Deacons: Fellowship Builders

Deacon Flock Plan

Deacon Task Force Ministry

All Church Members: Fellowship Builders

Discipline of the Fellowship

Formative Discipline (see Heb. 10:23-25)

Restorative Discipline (see 1 Thess. 3:14-15; Gal. 6:1-2; Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15)

Amputative Discipline (see 1 Cor. 5:4-7; Titus 3:10; 1 John 2:19-20)

Love-The Life Force of the Church

Conflict Resolution (Diagram 4.1, p. 75, cell #17)

Five-Step Problem-Solving Technique

Step 1: Identify the Problem

Step 2: List Your Options

Step 3: Examine Options in Light of Biblical Commands and Principles

Step 4: Choose the Best Course of Action

Step 5: Act

Facing Difficulties

Questions (p. 78)

 

Part 2: Equip the Saints

Session 5 (Textbook Chapter 5, page 81, Overhead cells # 19-23, Videotape 2)

EQUIP THE SAINTS, Chapter 5: Empowering the Laity (See John 15:1-8; Eph. 4:11-12)

Christianity Is a Lay Religion

Development of the Distinction Between Clergy and Laity

Rediscovery of the Ministry of the Laity

Super-Hired-Holy-Man Syndrome (SHHMS): The New Church Virus

Causes of SHHMS

- People Reasons

- Pastor Reasons

- Death by SHHMS

Biblical Pattern for the Equipping Ministry (see Eph. 4:8, 11-12)

Five types of leadership gifts

Equipping

Ministering

Approaches to Church in a Contemporary World

The Corporate Model, (Diagram 5.1, p. 91, cell #22)

The Biblical Model, (Diagram 5.2 , p. 92, cell #22)

Personal Witness of the Pastor

Biblical Role of the Laity (see Eph. 4:12)

Arrangement of Members in the Body (see 1 Cor. 12:18)

Questions (p. 94)

 

Session 6 (Textbook Chapter 6, page 95, Overhead cells #24-25, Videotape 3)

Chapter 6: Engaging the Laity

The Missionary Cab Driver

Pastoral Objective:-To assist every member in discovering his or her gifts in ministry for Christ.

The Focus Factor

Ministry

Witness

The Enthusiasm Factor

Involvement

Repetition

Reporting and Sharing

The Enlistment Factor

The Time Factor

Evaluate how you use your time

Plan your schedule (Diagram 6.1, p. 102)

Manage your schedule

The Planning Factor

Establish a Vision

Define the Mission Priorities

Set Specific Goals

Develop Implementation Plans

- Five factors in engaging the laity

Questions (p. 106)

 

Session 7 (Textbook Chapter 7, page 107, Overhead cells # 26-28, Videotape 3)

Chapter 7: Releasing the Power of Spiritual Gifts

Four Gift Principles

1.Gifts Are Distributed to Individual Members.

2.Gifts Belong to the Body.

3.Gifts Are to Build Up the Body of Christ.

4.The Church Body Must Call for the Gifts to Be Used.

Variety of Gifts

Four Scripture Passages List 19 Separate Gifts:

Ephesians 4:11

Romans 12:6-8

1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 28-30

1 Peter 4:8-10

Leadership Gifts

What Church Members Are Doing With Their Gifts:

Withholding Gifts

Misusing Gifts

Discovering Gifts

Developing Gifts

Using Gifts

Equipping Church Members to Use Their Gifts

Equipping from the Pulpit

Equipping by Enlistment

Equipping in Training Events

Equipping Through Scriptural Teaching

Releasing Spiritual Gifts for Ministry and Witness

Ministry Opportunities

Sharing Jesus in the Marketplace

Assimilating New Members into the Life of the Church

The Joy of an Equipping Ministry

Questions (p. 119)

 

Session 8 (Textbook Chapter 8, page 120, Overhead cells # 29-32, Videotape 3)

Chapter 8 Organizing for Efficiency

The Spirit and the Structure

Why Have Organization?

Organization Is Biblical

Organization Is Necessary

Organization Influences Spirit

Organization Is Natural

Diagram 8.1, Organization (p.124, cell #30)

Four Principles of Delegation

Be specific

Write it down

Confirm acceptance

Establish checkpoints

How to Make the Most of Meeting

Clarify Purpose

Prepare

Promote

Pointers

Developing and Implementing a Program/Event

Developing and Using a Planning Sheet

Diagrams 8.2-8.4 (pp. 130-132)

Summary statements

Presenting your plan-Six-P Plan

Diagram 8.5, Program Presentation (p. 134)

Why a project presentation?

Dauphin Way Church Experience

Flake's Five Laws for a Growing Church

1.Discover prospects.

2.Provide space.

3.Enlist and train workers.

4.Enlarge the organization.

5.Go after the people.

Evangelism and Stewardship Go Together

Systematic Giving (tithing)

Spontaneous giving

Sacrificial giving

Spiritual giving

Questions (p. 142)

 

Part 3: Evangelize the Sinner

Session 9 (Textbook Chapter 9, page 145, Overhead cells # 33-34, Videotape 3)

EVANGELIZE THE SINNER, Chapter 9: The Priority for Evangelism

The New Testament Strategy of Evangelism (Matt. 28:18-20)

Agents of World Redemption

Jesus Strategy for Reaching the World-Total Evangelism

- Total Penetration

- Total Participation

Go Tell-Come Hear

Jesus Fourfold Strategy

His Priority-Our Priority

The Preacher s Priority

The Teacher s Priority

The Musician s Priority

Every Christian Can Witness

Witnessing Is Sharing Jesus!

Focus on Jesus

Sharing with Linda and Gary

Questions (p. 153)

 

Session 10 (Textbook Chapter 10, page 154, Overhead cells # 35-38, Videotape 4)

Chapter 10: The Plan for Evangelism

Total Penetration

Defining the Mission: Our mission is to discover every person for whom we are responsible and to minister to that person at the point of his or her deepest need.

Defining Your Primary Area of Witness Responsibility

A Step-by-Step Procedure, Diagram 10.1(p.157, cell #36)

General saturation

Personal presentation

Every Person for Christ

Where Do We Find People Who Need Jesus and Our Ministry?

How Do We Find Those Who Need Christ and Our Ministry?

Discovering Every Person

Organize a Discovery Task Force

Develop a Discovery System

Consider These Methods of Discovery and Identification

Saturating Your Area for Christ

Contact Every Residence

Publicize Evangelistic Events

Use Every Available Means

Who Is a Possibility for Our Witness?

Five Evangelistic Techniques to Implement Total Penetration

Public Proclamation

Caring Ministry

Event Attraction

Geographic Saturation

Personal Presentation

Questions (p. 173)

 

Session 11 (Textbook Chapter 11, page 174, Overhead cells # 39-40, Videotape 4)

Chapter 11: The Personnel for Evangelism

Total Participation

Five Steps to Involve the Laity in Witnessing:

1.Enlighten the Laity

2.Enlist the Laity

3.Equip the Laity

4.Engage the Laity

5.Encourage the Laity

Preparation for Personal Evangelism:

Spiritual

Personal

Formal

Supervised

Continuing

Two Levels of Witness Participation:

Witness Through an Organized Outreach

Lifestyle Witness

Questions (p. 182)

 

Session 12 (Textbook Chapter 12, page 183, Overhead cells # 41-42, Videotape 4)

Chapter 12: The Power for Evangelism

The Holy Spirit and the Christ-Life

The Holy Spirit and Witness

Five Transactions:

1.New Birth by the Spirit

2.Baptism of the Spirit

3.Indwelling by the Spirit

4.Sealing by the Spirit

5.Filling with the Spirit

The Spirit's Threefold Action to Bring People to Christ:

1.Working Through the Bible

2.Working Through Believers

3.Drawing Unbelievers to Christ

Jerry s eyes opened

The Spirit and Deliverance from sin

Jesus on the Spirit=s work

Paul on the Spirit s work

Adequate Power Is Available

Questions (p. 190)

 

Session 13 (Textbook Chapter 13, page 191, Overhead cells # 43-50, Videotape 4)

Chapter 13: Overcoming the Ephesus Tendency

The Church at Ephesus

A Plateaued Church

Diagram 13.1: EPHESUS TENDENCY. Diagnosing Current Status (p. 193, cell #44)

Rising Above the Plateau (see Rev. 2:5)

-Remember -Assess your real situation.

-Repent -Change is essential

Facing change in a Five-in-one church

-Return --Do the first work.

A Spirit of Revival Power

Three Prerequisites for Revival

-Extraordinary praying

-Unity of believers

-Obedience to Christ

A Strategy for Reaching People:

Exalt the Savior, Equip the Saints, Evangelize the Sinner

Twelve Actions for Implementing Total Church Life Strategy

Action 1:Lead the Church in a TCL Seminar

Action 2:Preach through TCL

Action 3:Begin or Revitalize an Evangelism Council or Team

Action 4:Define a Geographic Area or Areas

Action 5:Build an Outreach File

Action 6:Begin or Revitalize Weekly Evangelistic Outreach

Action 7:Set a Baptismal Goal

Action 8:Set Evangelism as a Priority in the Entire Church

Action 9:Plan for Assimilating New Members

Action 10:Schedule a Leadership Retreat

Action 11:Conduct Evangelism Launch Day

Action 12:Create an Evangelism Planning Calendar

Diagram 13.3: Total Church Life Evaluation Sheet (p.204)

Diagram 13.4: Total Church Life Evangelism Strategy Planning Calendar (pp. 206-7)

A Structure for Renewing Priorities

Priority Decision 1: A Time Decision-Calendar

Priority Decision 2: A Money Decision-Budgeting

Priority Decision 3: A People Decision-Assigning Personnel

Questions (p. 210)

 

Conclusion: A Parting Word (Overhead cell #51)

God has an army that can literally take your community for Christ. That army is the People of God, led by their pastor in total penetration of your community with the gospel, through total participation of the members in witness.

How long does it take to do TCL?

A few hours for a Seminar.

Six months to two years to begin to move the church in this strategic New Testament direction.

A lifetime for implementation.

 


What's next?

Now that you have studied Total Church Life Strategy and perhaps participated in a seminar, what next? How do you make this strategy actually work in your church?

First: Remember that Total Church Life is not a program with a beginning and ending point, but is a strategy (TCL Introduction, pp. 1-8). Therefore, it is important to begin to set the TCL direction in the church through, preaching, teaching, personal conversation, and role-modeling the concepts. TCL is not a quick-fix; it is a direction of life for the church.

Second: Review the Twelve Actions for Implementing TCL Strategy on pages 199-209.

Develop a flow chart and set up the tentative time goals for accomplishing each of the actions.

Your church will already have some of them in operation. Determine whether modification or improvement is needed. Activate your missions/evangelism council or team. Distribute responsibility for implementation to the evangelism team. Contact your state evangelism director for help.

Third: Immediately begin to plan your three-year evangelism calendar scheduling personal witness equipping activities and evangelistic events.

  1. To implement the TCL strategy of "total penetration" make sure you prioritize discovering every prospect. Get their names and information in the prospect file and begin to consistently follow-up in witness to them.

  2. To implement the TCL strategy of "total participation" schedule a witness training approach such as People Sharing Jesus, WIN Lay Evangelism seminar, or Continuing Witness training. Contact your state evangelism director for other approaches that will work in the context of your congregation. Begin the process of equipping every member to share Christ.

  3. To reinforce the witness of individual believers, to attract non-believers, and assist in the harvest, schedule several evangelistic events to take place periodically during the next twelve months.

Fourth: Give attention to creating a climate of evangelism within the church. Lead the church to pray for lost people. Lead individual believers to develop their personal prayer lists of lost family members, friends and acquaintances. Develop prayer teams or prayer triplets (each of the three focuses on three lost people in prayer, then, the three on the prayer team prays together for these nine persons and other concerns periodically). Teach and preach on subjects like the condition of the lost, the destiny of the lost, the doctrine of salvation and other topics to help develop a deep concern for those who need Christ.

 


Appendices

Appendix A Classroom/Seminar Schedule

One very popular method of teaching TCL is in a seminar/classroom format. This information will help you prepare for a seminar approach. The content of the class includes the information from the teaching outlines presented earlier in the manual. The seminar can be taught by a local leader or a guest teacher. Guest teachers are available by contacting the State Evangelism Director or the Assistant to the Vice President for Evangelization at NAMB.

Options for the classroom/seminar schedule

The classroom schedule can be used in any way that is convenient for your people. They may prefer Sunday night or another evening each week for eight weeks, or every evening for eight nights. Another option is a Friday night and all day Saturday. Use several different schedules to be sure everyone can attend.

Preparing for class.

  1. Follow the countdown calendar as you prepare for the first class.

  2. Prepare the room for the students.

    Provide comfortable chairs and tables.

    Have some pencils and paper available.

    Set up the overhead projector, video player and blackboard as needed.

    Some Associations will loan equipment to churches.

  3. Prepare any handouts for the students. Prepare the video segment you wish to use if applicable. Copy the video listening guides if you choose to use them.

  4. Check the teaching outlines and make overhead cells as needed or order overhead cells masters from NAMB.

Class time suggestions

  1. Welcome the participants and begin with prayer.

  2. Lead the participants in the TCL song provided in appendix E.

  3. Make the presentation using the outline provided earlier in this manual or from the overhead cells. Be sure to cover the material. You may need to add another session or tow to follow-up on any issues and application that relate to your church.

  4. Provide time in class or as homework to answer the interaction and discussion questions in the book and in the teaching outline.

  5. Use small groups of 3-5 to discuss the lessons and how they apply to your church.

  6. Assign the participants to read the chapter for the next session.

 


Appendix B: LEADERSHIP RETREAT SCHEDULE

Purpose: To inspire and share vision, evaluate, determine needs, set goals and plan for implementation.

Participants: Key leaders: Staff, deacons, Bible study directors and teachers, church organizational leaders (men's, women's, single's, youth, children's, music, discipleship, training, evangelism, etc. ministries). Include all church committees and other elected leaders.

Place: You may conduct the retreat at a conference center or hotel where the group goes away for the night. However, you can inexpensively conduct it at your own or at a neighbor church facility. You may pay to have the meals prepared and served or ask participants to bring covered dishes. Getting participants committed to bring covered dishes will help assure their attendance.

Schedule: Friday Evening

Dinner: 30 minutes. Number the tables. Have assigned seating with a work-team at each table. Designate a team leader. Provide a 3'x3' mounted marker tablet with markers for the team to record notes on their discussion and planning. Provide name tags for the benefit of guests and newcomers.

Worship:

Prayer

Singing - 10 minutes

Testimony - 3 minutes

Special Music - 5 minutes

Message - Inspirational speaker on Strategy and Vision - 30 minutes

Response and dialogue - 10 minutes

Break: 15 minutes

Reports from Previous Year: Given by Pastor - 15 minutes (Share statistical information on baptisms, Sunday School average attendance and enrollment, giving, etc. Use Total Church Life Evaluation Sheet, Diagram 13.3 on page 204 to show how each ministry has helped to Exalt, Equip and Evangelize.

Evaluate: 30 minutes. Ask work-teams to evaluate what has been done and determine church needs in each of the areas of Exalt, Equip and Evangelize. Provide several copies of the Evaluation Sheet for each participant.

Prayer: 15 minutes. Ask teams to share in prayer around the tables for God's guidance through the night and tomorrow as goals are set and plans are decided.

Dismissal: Sing one verse of "Victory in Jesus" and be dismissed.

Saturday

Refreshments

Praise time: 10 minutes

Testimony: 3 minutes

Pastor's Vision Sharing Time: 20 minutes

Goal-setting and Planning: 45 minutes. Work-teams Dream Time. Suggest goals in ministries that will impact each of the three areas, Exalt, Equip, Evangelize. Suggest plans, decisions and activities that will insure reaching each goal. (Goals will be reached only as action plans are developed and implemented to accomplish them).

Refreshment Break: 20 minutes.

Report and Share: 45 minutes. Each work-team shares its findings and dreams with the total group. Pastor or another key leader conducts the discussion and leads the group to a consensus on goals and major plans and decisions to be shared with the church.

Plan to present the goals, action plans and decisions to the entire church for a similar "dream the dream time" on Evangelism Launch Night. (The first Sunday night in October following Soulwinning Commitment Day observed that morning.)

Inspirational Speaker: 20 minutes. Share about the excitement of the challenge ahead for the church and the faith in our God who is able to resource all He leads us to do for His Glory.

Prayer

Lunch

Adjourn

 


Appendix C: Video listening guides

Tape 1 Introduction

1. Dr. Robinson states that "church growth cannot be our _______."

2. What is the difference between strategy and programs?

3. What does it mean to be mentalized for growth?

4. What is the fourfold source of vision?

5.

6. "The body of Christ needs to be effectively __________ to develop a system to carry out the will of Jesus."

7. What is the three point mission statement of Total Church Life?

8. The three characteristics of the Total Church Life strategy is _______, _______, _______.

9. How can this strategy make a difference in your church?

Tape 1 Session 1

1. Colossians 1:18 refers to Jesus being the head and having preeminence. How does this relate to the greatest need of our time today, "that the church be the church?"

2. What does it mean when our churches today are "throwing out ropes that are too short?"

3. What are the five "short ropes" in reaching the world today?

4. Why did Paul use the analogy of the human body to talk about the church?

5. The church is the body of Christ gathered on Sundays and ________ during the remainder of the time.

Tape 1 Session 2

1. What does it mean to say headship is absolute?

2. Jesus will tolerate no rival for _____________.

3. Headship is a ________________, not a democracy.

4. Do not make the policies of your church on the basis of _____________. Get your marching orders from the ___________.

5. Dr. Robinson says, "unity comes as Christ is lifted up." How does this relate to the churches you have known or attended?

Tape 2 Session 3

1. ___________ creates a fullness of joy. The church will never grow beyond its ________.

2. What are the two aspects of real fellowship?

3. __________ and __________ are the two kinds of fellowship.

4. What does real fellowship cause our church to do?

5. __________, __________ and __________ are the three kinds of attack Satan launches on our church.

6. The basis of building a fellowship is centered on four characteristics; _______, ________, __________ and ___________.

7. What kind of fellowship is in your church?

Tape 2 Session 4

1. Who are the fellowship builders in the church?

2. What are the three functions of the Pastor?

3. People should learn to relate to the Pastor as a ________.

4. For a fellowship to be right, you have to have ___________. There are three types taught in the Scripture; ________, _________ and _________.

5. What are the five Scriptural indications of when amputative discipline takes place?

Tape 2 Session 5

1. The three-fold function of the church is to _______ the Savior, ________ the saints, and _________ the sinner.

2. What does SHHMS stand for?

3. ________ and ________ are the two causes of SHHMS.

4. What are the five Pastor reasons resulting in SHHMS?

5. Every _________ is a minister.

Tape 3 Session 6

1. According to Dr. Robinson, every one of our people need that holy purpose that comes with realizing that God has a ___________ for him or her.

2. What does the acronym F-I-R-M stand for?

3. The total participation of the people of God in ministry and witness means the church has to change its ___________.

4. The primary work of the church is __________ and ____________.

5. _______________ is the champion enlister. How did he enlist people?

6. What are the five factors in engaging the laity?

Tape 3 Session 7

1. What are the four gift principles mentioned by Dr. Robinson?

2. There are _____ gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the New Testament.

3. How do we equip members to use their gifts?

4. _________ our people for ministry and witness.

Tape 3 Session 8

1. The church needs ________ if it is going to operate effectively and efficiently.

2. What are the four reasons mentioned for having organization?

3. What are the four principles of delegation?

4. One of the greatest organizational tools for growing a church is ________ _________ __________ For growing a church.

5. What are Flakes five laws of Sunday School growth?

6. How can you apply this chapter to your church?

Tape 3 Session 9

1. Jesus' strategy for reaching the world is a ________ centered strategy.

2. Jesus' strategy is a __________ __________ strategy, not a ________ _________ strategy.

3. Every member is to be a _________ for our Lord.

4. The reprobate Sunday School class was built from a _________ class.

5. The priority is ____________. It is every Christian's job.

Tape 4 Session 10

1. Total evangelism involves two things; what are they?

2. What is our mission?

3. How do you find those who need Christ and the ministry of the church?

4. What are the five evangelistic techniques used in saturating an area with the Gospel?

5. How can you help apply these techniques to your church?

Tape 4 Session 11

1. What are the five steps in leading people and equipping them to reach people for Christ?

2. As we reach people for Christ, every member must be involved in two levels of witness participation; what are those levels?

3. "People _________ ___________", is a witnessing process that trains and equips people to share Jesus.

4. Who is someone you can take with you as you go witnessing for on the job training?

Tape 4 Session 12

1. The power for evangelism is the _______ ________.

2. What are the five transactions from the Holy Spirit, within the believer?

3. The Holy Spirit is not only available, He is ____________.

4. The Holy Spirit's __________ flows proportionately to our ____________.

Tape 4 Session 13

1. What are the stages of the Ephesus tendency?

2. Every church member is moving toward __________ and ___________.

3. The word repent means _____________.

4. If we resist change, then the change that will happen will be ___________ and lead us downward, but if we manage change, then the change that happens will be ________ and we will grow again.

5. What are the three things required for a church to move off of the Ephesus tendency?

6. Lead your church to vote to put enough money in the budget to provide materials to ____________ your people.

7. Will you commit to be trained in evangelism?

 

Answers:

Tape 1 Introduction

1. Dr. Robinson states that "church growth cannot be our _______." (Goal)

2. What is the difference between strategy and programs? (Strategies determine programs and planning. Programs without strategies are ineffective for growth.)

3. What does it mean to be mentalized for growth? (To be focused on reaching people and seeing the church grow)

4. What is the fourfold source of vision? (The sovereign Savior, The Scripture, The Situation, The Spirit.)

5. "If a church is going to grow and fulfill the mission of Jesus, it has got to have a ________ Pastor, leader and member whose lives are on the line and ready to sacrifice for Jesus." (Committed)

6. What is the three point mission statement of Total Church Life? (Exalt the Savior, equip the saints, evangelize the sinner)

7. The three characteristics of the Total Church Life strategy is _______, _______, _______. (simplicity, transferability, clarity)

Tape 1 Session 1

1. Colossians 1:18 refers to Jesus being the head and having preeminence. How does this relate to the greatest need of our time today, "that the church be the church?" (We need to be a 1st century church in method and mission in a 20th century world.)

2. What does it mean when our churches today are "throwing out ropes that are too short?" (Personal response)

3. What are the five "short ropes" in reaching the world today? (Social religion, mere morality, empty talk, mere human effort)

4. Why did Paul use the analogy of the human body to talk about the church?

5. The church is the body of Christ gathered on Sundays and ________ during the remainder of the time. (Scattered)

Tape 1 Session 2

1. What does it mean to say "headship is absolute?" (There is one head, Jesus and He has authority over the body of believers. He is preeminent.)

2. Jesus will tolerate no rival for _____________. (headship)

3. Headship is a ________________, not a democracy. (Theocracy)

4. Do not make the policies of your church on the basis of _____________. Get your marching orders from the ___________. (critics, Master)

5. Dr. Robinson says, "unity comes as Christ is lifted up." How does this relate to the churches you personally are familiar with? (Personal response)

Tape 2 Session 3

1. The church will never grow beyond its ________. (fellowship)

2. What are the two aspects of real fellowship? (Fellowship with God and fellowship with one another)

3. __________ and __________ are the two kinds of fellowship. (Exclusive and inclusive)

4. What does real fellowship cause our church to do? (Personal response)

5. __________, __________ and __________ are the three kinds of attack Satan launches on our church. (External opposition, invasion of hypocrisy, internal dissention)

6. The basis of building a fellowship is centered on four characteristics; _______, ________, __________ and ___________.(Christ-centered, person-centered, Bible-centered, obedience-centered)

Tape 2 Session 4

1. Who are the fellowship builders in the church?(Pastor and Pastoral staff, lay leaders, total church body)

2. What are the three functions of the Pastor? (Pastor, Bishop, Elder)

3. People should learn to relate to the Pastor as a ________. (person)

4. For a fellowship to be right, you have to have ___________. There are three types taught in the Scripture; ________, _________ and _________. (discipline. Formative, Restorative, Amputative)

5. What are the five Scripture indications of when amputative discipline takes place? (I Cor.5:4-5: flagrant immorality, Titus 3:10: heresy, I John 2:19-20: false professions, Matthew 18:17: rebellion against church authority, Acts 5: hypocrisy)

Tape 2 Session 5

1. The three-fold function of the church is to _______ the Savior, ________ the saints, and _________ the sinner.(Exalt, equip, evangelize)

2. What does SHHMS stand for? (Super-Hired-Holy-Man-Syndrome)

3. ________ and ________ are the two causes of SHHMS. (People reasons, Pastor reasons)

4. What are the five Pastor reasons resulting in SHHMS? (Ignorance, pride, pressure, expediency, shortsightedness)

5. Every _________ is a minister.(member)

Tape 3 Session 6

1. According to Dr. Robinson, every one of our people need that holy purpose that comes with realizing that God has a ___________ for him or her.(purpose)

2. What does the acronym F-I-R-M stand for? (Family, Interest, Religion, Message)

3. The total participation of the people of God in ministry and witness means the church has to change its ___________.(focus)

4. The primary work of the church is __________ and ____________. (ministry and evangelism)

5. _______________ is the champion enlister. How did he enlist people? (Jesus. One on one)

6. What are the five factors in engaging the laity? (Focus factor, enthusiasm factor, enlistment factor, time factor, planning factor)

Tape 3 Session 7

1. What are the four gift principles mentioned by Dr. Robinson? (Gifts are distributed to individual members, gifts belong to the body, gifts are to build up the body of Christ, the church body must call for the gifts to be used)

2. There are _____ gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the New Testament.(19)

3. How do we equip members to use their gifts? (Personal response)

4. _________ our people for ministry and witness. (Equip)

Tape 3 Session 8

1. The church needs ________ if it is going to operate effectively and efficiently. (Organization)

2. What are the four reasons mentioned for having organization? (Biblical, necessary, influences spirit, is natural)

3. What are the four principles of delegation? (Be specific, write it down, confirm acceptance, establish checkpoints)

4. One of the greatest organizational tools for growing a church is ________ _________ __________ For growing a church. (Flakes Five Laws)

5. What are Flakes five laws of Sunday School growth? (Discover the prospects, provide space, enlist and train workers, enlarge the organization, go after the people)

Tape 3 Session 9

1. Jesus' strategy for reaching the world is a ________ centered strategy. (Church)

2. Jesus' strategy is a __________ __________ strategy, not a ________ _________ strategy. (Go tell. Come here)

3. Every member is to be a _________ for our Lord. (Witness)

4. The "reprobate" Sunday School class was built from a _________ class. (Paper)

5. The priority is ____________. It is every Christian's job. (Evangelism)

Tape 4 Session 10

1. Total evangelism involves two things; what are they?

2. What is our mission? (To discover every person for whom we are responsible and to minister to him or her at the point of that person=s greatest need)

3. How do you find those who need Christ and the ministry of the church? (Look behind doors, behind labels, behind masks, behind barriers)

4. What are the five evangelistic techniques used in saturating an area with the Gospel? (Public proclamation, caring ministry, event attraction, geographic saturation, personal presentation)

Tape 4 Session 11

1. What are the five steps in leading people and equipping them to reach people for Christ? (Enlighten the laity, enlist the laity, equip the laity, engage the laity, encourage the laity)

2. As we reach people for Christ, every member must be involved in two levels of witness participation; what are those levels? (Witness through organized outreach, lifestyle witness)

3. "People _________ ___________", is a witnessing process that trains and equips people to share Jesus. (Sharing Jesus)

4. Who is someone you can take with you as you go witnessing for on the job training? (Personal response)

Tape 4 Session 12

1. The power for evangelism is the _______ ________. (Holy Spirit)

2. What are the five transactions from the Holy Spirit, within the believer? (New birth by the Spirit, baptism of the Spirit, indwelling by the Spirit, sealing by the Spirit, filling with the Spirit)

3. The Holy Spirit is not only available, He is ____________. (adequate)

4. The Holy Spirit's __________ flows proportionately to our ____________. (power. Witness)

Tape 4 Session 13

1. What are the stages of the Ephesus tendency? (Struggle, surrender, success, satisfaction, self-centeredness, stagnation, stress)

2. The word repent means ______ _________. (To change)

3. If we resist change, then the change that will happen will be ___________ and lead us downward, but if we manage change, then the change that happens will be ________ and we will grow again. (Negative. Positive)

4. What are the three things required for a church to move off of the Ephesus tendency? (A spirit of revival power, a strategy for reaching people, a structure for renewing and reaching priorities)

5. Lead your church to vote to put enough money in the budget to provide materials to ____________ your people. (Equip)

 


Appendix D:Thirteen sermon outlines and a sample worship schedule

SERMON ONE LET THE CHURCH BE THE CHURCH

"Get a Vision from God"

Introduction: Our world has all but forgotten what church is all about--so have many churches. The greatest need in our time is for "the church to be the church," a first-century church in a twenty-first century world. It is time that the church returned to the principles of the New Testament. Let the church be the church getting a vision from God for its life and mission.

D. L. Moody, the great evangelist of the nineteenth century, overheard someone say, "Our world has yet to see what God can do through one man whose life is totally committed to Him." Moody took stock of himself and said, "I will be that man!"

You know the rest of the story--how God took that uneducated shoe salesman and through his life shook two continents for Christ. There is no question but that God wants each of us to yield to Him in absolute surrender. However, the same is true about a church.

It might be said that at least in this generation "Our world has yet to see what God can do with a body of believing people, a church, that is totally committed to Him."

Will you be that church---that body of believers totally committed to our Lord? The church that will obey Him on His mission regardless, trust Him for His provision, have the flexibility and creativity to simply "get with God and go with Him?"

I. The Primacy of the Church - Col. 1:18; pp. 15-19.

A. Because of a relationship--Head-Body.

1. General body - Rev. 7:9; Eph.5:32; p.15.

2. Local body - 1 Cor. 1:2; Rev. 1:4; p. 16.

B. Because of a reality - church is people. p. 16-17.

II. The Prospect of the Church - Matt. 16:18, pp. 17-21.

A. The conquest of the church - Matt. 16-18, Eph.1:22, pp. 18-19.

B. The character of the church (Analogy of the Body) - 2 Cor. 5:1-4, Eph. 5:27, p. 19-21.

1. The purity of Christ for the church - Eph. 5:27, p. 19

2. The presence of Christ in the church - Eph. 3:17-21, I Cor. 6:19-20

III. The Perspectives of the Church - Heb. 10:24-25, Acts 8:4, Acts 17:6, pp. 21-23.

A. The church gathered - Heb. 10:24-25, p. 21-22.

B. The church scattered - Acts 8:4, Acts 17:6, pp. 22-23.

IV. The Priorities of the Church - Col. 1:18, John 12:32, Eph. 4:11-12, Acts 1:8, pp. 23-25.

A. Exalt the Savior - John 12:32, p. 23.

B. Equip the saints - Eph. 4:11-12, p. 23.

C. Evangelize the sinner - Acts 1:8, p. 23-24.

As the Body of Christ exalts its Lord and equips its members evangelism is not merely a program, but it becomes the "outflow of the overflow of the inflow" of the Christ-live in the church. It is then that the church experiences the vitality that produces a balanced life that fulfills the mission of its Head. Let the church be the church!

 


Traditional Worship Service for Sermon One

"Let the Church be the Church"

Call to Worship "The Church's One Foundation"

Prayer

Welcome

Scripture Reading Col. 1:12-18

Chorus "The Family of God"

Hymn "Because He Lives"

Hymn "Jesus Saves"

Offertory (Choir sings) "Let the Church be the Church"

Solo "Each One Reach One"

Message (Based on Introduction and Chapter 1 of Total Church Life book.)

Invitation and commitment "I Am Thine O Lord"


 

Contemporary Worship Service

"Let the Church be the Church"

Singing Together

Hymn "Great is the Lord"

Chorus "Our God Reigns"

Chorus "Majesty"

Prayer

Sharing (Ask a member to take 2 minutes to share about "The joy of Christ living in me and working through me to help others know Him."

Special Music: Group singing "Let the Church be the Church"

Hymn "Victory in Jesus"

Chorus "The Family of God"

Solo "Each One Reach One"

Message

Time of Commitment "I Surrender All"

Giving Back to God

 

Sermon 2 (Chapter 2) "The Health Factor"

Col. 1:18; John 12:32

A local church is an individual body of Christ made up of two parts, Head and body. Christ is the Head. We are the body. It is important that we never forget "who is what" in the Lord's body.

I. The Headship of Christ.

A. Christ has preeminence. He is to be "lifted up." John 12:32

1. He has been lifted up on the cross to pay our sin debt. 2 Cor. 5:21

2. He has been lifted up from the grave to guarantee our victory. Phil. 3:10

3. He has been lifted up to the right hand of God to intercede for us. Heb. 4:16

4. He will be lifted up when He comes in glory. Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:9-11

5. He must now be lifted up as we share Him with our world. Acts 1:8

B. Christ is to be followed and obeyed.

C. Christ brings unity to the body. 1 Cor. 12:12, 14

II. The Body of Christ.

A. Unity of members.

1. Unity in body life.

2. Unity in worship.

B. Diversity of members. 1 Cor. 12:14-21

1. The dynamic of the church. "Everybody is somebody in the Lord's body."

2. The difficulty of the church. It requires unconditional love and acceptance.

C. Individuality of members. 1 Cor. 12:4-10; 15-17

D. Interdependence of members. 1 Cor. 12:20-21

Conclusion: Illustration by Dr. Jack McGorman on page 41in TCL textbook.

 

Sermon 3 (Chapter 3) "The Fellowship Factor"

1 John 1:4-7

Fellowship is one of the keys to the effectiveness of a church. A church will never grow beyond its fellowship.

I. The meaning of fellowship. (koinonia)

A. Two aspects of fellowship. 1 John 1:6-9

1. Fellowship with God.

2. Fellowship with one another.

B. Two types of fellowship.

1. Exclusive fellowship.

2. Inclusive fellowship.

II. Threats to Fellowship. Acts 3-6

A. The threat of external opposition. Acts 3 & 4

B. The threat of the invasion of hypocrisy. Acts 5

C. The threat of internal dissension. Acts 6

III. The Basis of Fellowship--A Balanced Church Life.

A. Building a balanced emphasis.

1. A balanced church is Christ-centered. Col. 3:23

2. A balanced church is person-centered. Mark 1:41

3. A balanced church is Bible-centered. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

4. A balanced church is obedience-centered. James 1:22

B. Building a balanced ministry.

1. A powerful worship service.

2. A solid educational ministry.

3. A dynamic evangelism thrust.

4. A consistent ministry of pastoral care and nurture.

5. A united and growing fellowship.

Conclusion: Love is the life-force of the church. Loving Jesus and loving one another is what church is all about.

 

Sermon 4 (Chapter 4) "The Leadership Factor"

Acts 20:17-28

Everything rises and falls on leadership. The pastor and staff give leadership to the church's shepherding ministry and in building its fellowship.

I. The Pastor and Pastoral Staff: Fellowship Builders. Acts 20:28;1 Pet. 5:4; 1 Thes. 5:11-13

A. Marks of spiritual leadership.

1. Calling.

2. Integrity.

3. Vision.

    B. Three functions of the pastor.

1. Pastor--shepherd.

2. Bishop--overseer.

3. Elder--role-model.

C. Dangers for leaders.

1. Too daring.

2. Too cautious.

D. Essentials attitudes for leaders.

1. Servant leadership.

2. Shared leadership.

    E. Types of pastoral assignments.

1. Administrative assignments.

2. Shepherding assignments.

3. Evangelistic assignments.

F. Priorities of the pastor.

1. Preach the word.

2. Love people.

3. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

II. The People and Their Pastor. 1 Thes. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Pet. 5:1-3

A. Two primary relationships.

1. Members and members.

2. Pastor and people--a relationship to a person and a relationship to a position.

B. Pastoral authority.

Not dictatorial, but one of influence based on the calling of God and confidence in Him.

Accountable, first, to God, then, to the church body.

    C. Regard for the pastor.

D. Response when the pastor is wrong.

III. Deacons as Fellowship Builders.

A. The deacon flock plan.

B. The deacon task force plan.

C. Involving members in fellowship building.

IV. Discipline of the Fellowship.

A. Formative discipline. Heb. 10:23-25

B. Restorative discipline. 2 Thes. 3:14-15; Gal. 6:1-2; Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15

C. Amputative discipline. 1 Cor. 5:4-7; Titus 3:10; 1 John 2:19-20

V. Conflict Resolution: Five-step Problem-solving Technique.

A. Identify the problem.

B. List your options.

C. Examine each option in the light of Biblical commands and principles.

D. Choose the best course of action.

        E. Act!

Conclusion: Facing Difficulties--page 71.

 

Sermon 5 (Chapter 5) "Empowering the Laity"

Eph. 4:11-12

For a local church to function as the body of Christ, it must give itself to the equipping of members for the work of the ministry. Every church has everything it needs to do all God has for it to do. The resources are within the lives of its members. The great potential for the church to equip every believer "for the work of the ministry for the building up of the Body of Christ."

I. The Ministry of the Laity--Christianity is a Lay Religion.

A. Definition of the"lay-person." TCL page 82

B. Examples of lay-persons in ministry in the early church.

Jesus was not a religious professional, but was a carpenter by trade. He called and commissioned lay people.

Peter was a fisherman. Matthew-a tax collector. Luke-a physician.

C. Necessity of both the God-called pastor/leader and the dynamically involved, ministering laypersons.

II. The Development of a Distinction between the Clergy and the Laity.

A. The gradual departure from the New Testament pattern of "every Christian-a minister." B. The resulting spiritual and moral decline gave rise to the "dark ages."

III. The Rediscovery of the Ministry of the Laity.

A. The truth and practice of it was never completely extinguished.

B. It reemerged in the context of the greater freedom of the renaissance, reformation, and Protestant revolution.

IV. The Reversion to the Old Heresy--"Super-Hired-Holy-Man-Syndrome.

A. The signs of SHHMS.

1. Church members drop out of ministry and witness.

2. Preachers attempt to do it all.

3. Churches develop unrealistic expectations of their pastors.

4. Churches resort to gimmicks to increase attendance and offerings.

    B. The causes of SHHMS.

1. People reasons.

a. Ignorance of the Word of God and spiritual immaturity.

b. Absorption of God's people with the world.

c. Religion without a relationship.

2. Pastor reasons.

a. Ignorance.

b. Pride.

c. Pressure

d. Expediency.

e. Shortsightedness

    C. The ruin of SHHMS.

1. A human plan is substituted for the Divine plan.

2. The ministry is limited to a few paid staff members.

3. Pastors spread themselves too thin, wear down and burn out.

4. Churches and Christians remain immature.

5. The lost multitudes go untouched and unreached with the gospel.

V. The Biblical Pattern for the Equipping Ministry. Eph. 4:8, 11-12

A. Leadership gifts. Eph. 4:11 (exegesis)

B. Equipping. Eph. 4:12 (exegesis)

C. Approaches to church in a contemporary world.

1. The corporate model.

2. The Biblical model.

    D. The role of the pastor in the equipping ministry.

Conclusion: Arrangement of members in the Body. TCL page 94

 

Sermon 6 (Chapter 6) "Engage the Laity"

Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 5:15-17

God wants every Christian engaged in ministry and witness. Everyone needs to discover and be involved it the real purpose for which God created them to be fulfilled.

Illustration: The Missionary Cab Driver--TCL page 95.

I. The Focus Factor.

A. Move the church focus away from the priority of filling positions.

B. Move the church focus to membership involvement in ministry and witness.

II. The Enthusiasm Factor. (Three elements to creating enthusiasm.)

A. Involvement.

B. Repetition.

C. Reporting and sharing.

III. The Enlistment Factor. (Essential steps.)

A. Pray.

B. Inform.

C. Survey membership roll.

D. Ask individuals.

E. Present challenges and explain requirements.

F. Secure commitment.

G. Train.

H. Stay positive.

IV. The Time Factor.

A. Evaluate how you use time.

B. Plan your schedule.

C. Manage your schedule.

V. The Planning Factor.

A. Define mission priorities.

B. Set specific goals. (They should be identifiable, obtainable, measurable, challenging,

and transferable.)

C. Develop implementation plans.

Conclusion: Careful planning will be a tremendous asset in engaging the total participation of the church membership in the vision and mission of the church.

 

Sermon 7 (Chapter 7) "Releasing the Power of Spiritual Gifts"

Eph. 4:7-11

Our Lord has gifted every church to be and do all God has for it to be and do. The gifts are in the lives of its members.

I. Gift Principles.

A. Gifts are distributed to individual members.

B. Leadership gifts.

III. Utilization of Gifts. (What are we doing with our gifts?)

A. Withholding gifts.

B. Misusing gifts.

C. Discovering gifts.

D. Developing gifts.

E. Using gifts.

IV. Equipping Members to Use their Gifts.

A. Equipping from the pulpit.

B. Equipping by enlistment.

C. Equipping in training events.

D. Equipping through scriptural teaching

V. Releasing Spiritual Gifts for Ministry and Witness.

A. Ministry opportunities.

B. Sharing Jesus

C. Helping new members utilize their gifts.

Conclusion: The joy of an equipping ministry (TCL page 118).

 

Sermon 8 (Chapter 8) "Organizing for Efficiency"

Eph. 4:16; I Pet.5:14

If a church grows, there must be meaningful coordination and organization that unifies members in the body. Organization is not primary, but necessary. The Spirit is primary, but the structure is necessary.

I. Why Have Organization?

A. Organization if Biblical.

B. Organization is necessary.

C. Organization influences spirit.

D. Organization is natural.

II. Delegation to Cover Details.

A. Be specific.

B. Write it down.

C. Confirm acceptance.

D. Establish checkpoints.

III. Making Meetings Meaningful.

A. Clarify the purpose for he meeting.

B. Prepare for the meeting.

C. Promote the meeting.

D. Pointers for a better meeting.

IV. Developing and Implementing a Program/Event.

A. How to develop and use a planning sheet.

B. How to present your plan (Illustration on TCL page 138).

V. Laws of Organizational Growth.

A. Discover the prospects.

B. Provide the space.

C. Enlist and train workers.

D. Enlarge the organization.

E. Go after the people.

VI. Principles of Giving.

A. Systematic giving.

B. Spontaneous giving.

C. Sacrificial giving.

D. Spiritual giving.

Conclusion: We must organize to evangelize.

 

Sermon 9 (Chapter 9) "The Priority of Evangelism"

Acts 1:8

Jesus' strategy for evangelism is local church-centered. His last words before ascending back to the Father were His words of mission and vision for the church. He spoke these words to the church in Jerusalem.

I. The New Testament Strategy of Evangelism.

A. A comprehensive commission. Matt. 28:18-20

B. An extension of His incarnational ministry. John 20:21-23

C. A strategy for reaching the world.

D. A strategy that began where they were.

E. A "go-tell" strategy.

II. His Priority -- Our Priority.

A. The preacher's priority.

B. The teacher's priority.

C. The musician's priority.

D. Every Christian's priority.

Conclusion: Witnessing is simply sharing Jesus. We tend to move away from rather than toward evangelism.

 

Sermon 10 (Chapter 10) "The Plan for Evangelism"

Acts 1:8

Jesus' plan for evangelism is intentional: "In Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." The plan is to witness in an ever-extending series of concentric circles.

I. Total Penetration.

A. Define the mission.

B. Define the primary area of your witness responsibility.

C. Follow a step-by step procedure.

D. Two levels of penetration.

1. General saturation.

2. Personal presentation.

    E. Reach every person with the gospel.

II. Discovering Every Person Who Needs Christ.

A. Organize a "discovery team or task force."

B. Develop a discovery system.

C. Consider methods of prospect discovery and

identification.

III. Saturating Your Area for Christ.

A. Contact every resident.

B. Publicize evangelistic events.

C. Use every available means.

IV. Use Five Evangelistic Techniques.

A. Public proclamation.

B. Caring ministry.

C. Event attraction.

D. Geographic saturation.

E. Personal presentation of the gospel.

Conclusion: Jesus' plan for total penetration of your area with the gospel will result in a church's maximum effectiveness and fruitfulness in reaching its community for Christ.

 

Sermon 11 (Chapter 11) "The Personnel for Evangelism"

Acts 1:8

"YOU shall be witnesses to me..." Each church has adequate personal to evangelize its community. The personnel are those in the pews every Sunday. The You in Acts 1:8 is plural. Witnessing is every Christian's job.

I. Total Participation. Steps to involve the laity.

A. Enlighten the laity.

B. Enlist the laity.

C. Equip the laity.

D. Engage the laity.

E. Encourage the laity.

II. Preparation for Personal Evangelism.

A. Preparation must be spiritual.

B. Preparation must be personal.

C. Preparation must be formal.

D. Preparation should be supervised.

E. Preparation should be continuing.

III. Levels of Witness Participation.

A. Witness through organized outreach.

B. Witness through lifestyle.

Conclusion: It will require the participation of every Christian to reach every lost person.

 

Sermon 12 (Chapter 12) "The Power for Evangelism"

Acts 1:8

"But you shall receive power..." Holy Spirit power has been given for our employment in witness and for our empowerment for witness.

I. Five Transactions of the Holy Spirit within the Believer.

A. New birth by the Spirit.

B. Baptism of the Spirit.

C. Indwelling by the Spirit.

D. Sealing by the Spirit.

E. Filling with the Spirit.

II. The Spirit's Action to Bring People to Christ.

A. Working through the Bible.

B. Working through Believers.

C. Working in the Unbelievers.

III. Examples of the Holy Spirit's Ministry in Evangelism.

A. He enlightens the spiritual eyes.

B. He draws people to Christ.

C. He convicts the unbeliever.

D. He "births" a new believer into the family of God and incorporates them into the Body of Christ.

Conclusion: God uses the Word of God, the work of the Spirit and the witness of the believer to bring people to Christ. Holy Spirit power is adequate! Holy Spirit power is available!

 

Sermon 13 (Chapter 13) "Overcoming the Ephesus Tendency"

Acts 19:10; Rev. 2:1-7

Your church can experience continuing evangelistic growth. People are reachable. However, every church is moving toward plateau and eventual decline, but can continue to grow if it will heed the principles given by our Lord.

I. The Ephesus Tendency.

A. Remember.

B. Repent.

C. Return.

II. Three Essentials for a Church to Experience Spiritual Vitality.

A. A spirit of revival power.

1. Extraordinary praying.

2. Unity of believers.

3. Obedience to Christ.

B. A strategy for reaching people.

1. Three components of the strategy. (TCL page 199-208)

2. Twelve actions for implementing TCL strategy. (TCL pages

199-208)

C. A structure of renewing and reaching priorities.

1. A time decision--calendar.

2. A money decision--budget.

3. A people decision--assigning personnel

Conclusion: The team is in place to reach America for Christ. Let that mighty army of God in our churches rise up and more forward on their mission to take this country for Christ.