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Introduction to Christian Education
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kara Powell
January 1, 2002
"Christian Education and Spiritual Gifts"

Start Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry
I.   The Critical Investigative Questions
A.   The purpose of meeting or church gathering
B.   The role of the pastor - "the all things to all people problem"
1.   Preach
2.   Counsel
3.   Teach
4.   Administrative
5.   Evangelist
6.   Social Action
7.   Family expert
8.   Activity director
C.   The role of other leaders
II.   The Theological Reflection
A.   Pauline exegesis
1.   His strong sociological thrust
2.   His active engagement with the culture
3.   His fairly comprehensive doctrine of community
B.   Question 1: What is the purpose of a church meeting?
   1.   ekklesia
a.   Definition: called from
b.   Never meant to mean church or meaning place
2.   What Paul doesn't teach
a.   No teaching of worship in the musical/praise sense
b.   No purpose of evangelism
3.   True Purpose: Ephesians 4:11-13
a.   Eph. 4:11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
b.   When meeting together it should be things that can't be done on our own
C.   Question 2: What is the purpose and role of Pastor's
1.   To equip people in the works of service and use of their spiritual gifts
D.   What is the purpose and role of other leaders, and how is that different than the rest of the people
1.   ALL are ministers
2.   1Cor. 12:21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
III.   A Renewed Paradigm - a mutually renewing ministry
A.   Keep in focus what you want to have accomplished when the game ends
1.   Football isn't about field position but points; Ministry isn't about a lot of stuff that appears good in
2.   Everything should bring about life transformation
B.   Only do whatever helps you win the game
C.   Eliminate the stands - the average church is a lot like a football stadium
1.   There is a lot people on the field desperately of rest
2.   There is a lot of people in the stands desperately need exercise
3.   20% of a ministry is doing 80% of the work (both in giving money, & time)
D.   Remember that a seasoned coach is needed - the Pastor's role
1.   C.S. Lewis - "Think of me as a fellow patient in the same hospital who has arrived a little early that could offer some advice"
E.   Lots of seasoned coaches are needed
F.   Every coach's job is to make the players excel - that makes a good coach
1.   A coach wouldn't be allowed to put on a helmet and jump in a game when the game is not going well
2.   It means players/church people will fail
G.   Teach the fundamentals
1.   Every believer should be manifesting most of the spiritual gifts
2.   Good rule: 75% of the time people should use their spiritual gifts; 25% spontaneous
3.   Although a quarterback is only expected to throw the ball; sometimes he needs to run, sometimes he needs to fall on a fumble; sometimes he may even need to block
H.   Figure out the best position for each player - Figure out spiritual gifts
1.   Take a test
2.   Personal evaluation
3.   Input from others
I.   Organize the team around the spiritual gift
J.   All positions are important; some are more visible
K.   When the ball gets fumbled, all grab for it - there are times we will all be doing one thing because it is a huge event
L.   Expect a few fumbles and interceptions - we will make mistakes; just learn from them
IV.   Bobby Clinton's Categories of Spiritual Gifts
A.   Power (sign)
1.   Tongues
2.   Miracles
3.   Faith
B.   Word (speaking)
1.   Teaching
2.   Exhortation
C.   Love (service)
1.   Mercy
2.   Serving
3.   Giving
V.   Application from Life Keys
A.   Which gifts have the most boxes checked?
B.   Which personality dimensions have most boxes checked
C.   Your findings, how seem in C.E. thus far, how develop as greater C.E. tools
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