for the Work of the Ministry
1411And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
oneTreasure Church’s mission is simple but profound. We are called to Proclaim the gospel, Disciple those who respond, and Send those disciples into the world to continue the work of Proclaiming the gospel. The purpose of this paper is to begin the process of defining how we will disciple believers at oneTreasure. We have taken Ephesians 4:11-16 as our guiding scripture. In that passage, Paul tells us that God gave gifts to the church in form of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers. The purpose of these gifts is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. The result of that equipping is unity in the church, a deep knowledge of the Son of God, maturity, fullness in Christ, and a people who are no longer unstable and tossed around by deceit, cunning and false doctrine. Being disciples, we will become a people who speak the truth in love, grow up in every way into the fullness of Christ, are joined together by every joint with which the body is equipped… with each part working properly so the church builds itself up in love.
oneTreasure’s primary means for training, developing community and doing outreach will be home based groups we are calling EQUIP Groups. The name is taken from Ephesians 4:12, which commands us to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” The name will be a reminder to us of the purpose of discipleship. We plan to have multiple groups, each made up of seven to eight families. Initially there will be three groups. The purpose of each group is the same, but each will take on a flavor of its own as it grows and matures. However, the core purpose for each will be the same: to equip the saints for the work of ministry. This will happen through:
- Sharing meals
- Study and Apply Scripture
- Testimonies and stories of faith
- Serving together in outreach
- Caring and support
EQUIP groups are essential to life of oneTreasure Church. The groups are designed to be inter-generational and will include children as participants. In this way, our EQUIP groups will become a place where knowledge, experience and wisdom can be passed from one generation to next; from long-time believers to those who are new in their faith, and from older believers to the younger members of our congregation.
EQUIP groups will all have a common purpose that is built around several common practices. Each group will share meals, pray together, study God’s word, care for one another and work together. Within that common purpose, each group may vary in frequency of meeting, the types of work and outreach projects engaged, and the format for studying God’s word together.
Equipping the saints is essential to being obedient to the Great Commission. We are a people who understand that that teaching others to obey all that Jesus commanded is at the core of the purpose of the church. That is why we believe that Equip groups are essential to oneTreasure’s desire to obey the call of Christ in the Great Commission.
We pray that everyone who attends oneTreasure Church will be make this a top priority in their lives. Without your participation, the body of Christ is incomplete.