Deacon and Deaconess Training

Serving to lead. Leading to serve.

Deacons Training Outline

Expectations of Christian Life Church Deacons/Deaconesses in training

  • Deacon Meeting Attendance. You are allowed to miss and makeup ONE (unless you have a really good reason).  Plan ahead to be at these meetings.  Childcare will be provided.  The class dates for the 2019 training are:
    • Saturday, January 26th, 2019. 8:00-10:00AM — Intro to Deaconship
    • Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. 8:00-10:00AM — It’s Not About You
    • Saturday, March 30th, 2019. 8:00-10:00AM — Deacons Need to Communicate
    • Sunday, April 28th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Jesus First and Church First Living
    • Sunday, May 26th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Lead Them to the Cross
    • Sunday, June 30th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — It’s Time for You to Serve
    • Sunday, July 28th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Seek to Fulfill Your Role in Your Family
    • Sunday, August 25th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Have a Heart for the Lost
    • Sunday, September 29th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Examine Your Life
    • Sunday, October 27th, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Support the Pastors
    • Sunday, December 1st, 2019. 8:00-9:45AM — Multiply Your Influence
    • Sunday, January 5th, 2020. 8:00-9:45AM — Deacon Process Review and Celebration
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are expected to continually be forming relationships with members and visitors of the church as an ongoing lifestyle.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are expected to answer all doctrinal study, ministry review, and book review questions in written form. They are due by the Monday prior to the next meeting.  They can be hand written, typed, printed or emailed to Pastor Christian.  They should reflect the serious study you put into the topic that was assigned.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training should be prepared to be called/texted/emailed randomly throughout the year to serve on a moment’s notice. You are not expected to participate in all of these, but you are expected to respond to the requests (We understand you have other commitments.  We just need you to text/call/email us back and let us know). You will be the pillars that hold CLC up!
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are encouraged to attend Sunday services and events as much as possible. Especially Thrive Night for Deaconesses in training and Suit Up for Deacons in training. Ministry happens when we are at church.  We need all our deacons at our services if possible.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are expected to participate in group fasting periods.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are expected to tithe and to fulfil their Mission Faith Pledges faithfully. CLC does not check the tithe records or MFP records of most church members, but we do for our pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses.
  • You must have a Facebook account and join the Deacon Class Page on Facebook. You need to get in the habit of checking the deacon class page and responding to posts as needed. If you do not have a Facebook you can sign up for free.
  • Deacons and deaconesses in training are expected to have a social media presence free of alcohol, immodest photos, or posts that could be assumed as sinful. Deacons and deaconesses are the face of the Church (global) and church (local) and should present themselves as such.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training are expected to read the Armor Bearer Book (provided by Pastor Christian). You will have study questions through the year to answer and you will be required to do a video devotional type video for the class page on something you learned from the book (couples can work together) by the end of the year.
  • Deacons and Deaconesses in training will be required to serve in our 3 main upkeep ministries throughout the year at least two times. This is to help all of our deacons be familiar with the different ministries of CLC. You must do Cleaning, Hospitality and Greeting each at least two times this year. You must be on time to the 9:45 ministry meeting each time you serve for it to count toward your service requirement.

 

January 26th – Intro to Deaconship

Class Outline

  • Overview of Deacons/Deaconess Outline
  • Read Bible Verses: Genesis 3:6-19, Romans 3:9-10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, 1 John 3:8, Galatians 3:1-14, Ephesians 2:8
  • Learn about OIL – Occupation, Interpersonal Relationships, Leisure Activities.
    • Demonstrate OIL.
    • Pair up and practice oil. Can’t choose a spouse… choose someone you don’t know well.
  • Importance of PCS
  • Question and Answer Time

Homework

  • Post in the Deacons Class Facebook page how you came to know Jesus
  • Watch the Sermon: What is Your Worldview? by Pastor Matt Krachunis
  • Watch the Sermon: Listen to the sermon Cake Ain’t Green Bro by Pastor Christian Shields
  • Sign up to serve in your 1st Ministry this month
  • Use OIL to setup an intentional meeting (outside of church) with a new person from church.
  • Read Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalm 119:89, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Revelation 22:18-19, Luke 1:1-4, Exodus 24:4, 2 Peter 1:21

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

 

  • Doctrinal Study: How often do you read the Bible?  What is your favorite Bible story, book of the Bible or section of Scripture and why?  What has reading your Bible done for your faith?
  • Book Study: Read The Forward and Chapter 1 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
    • The Old Testament describes the lives of several armor bearers and their leaders. The last armorbearer story is found in First Samuel 16:14-23
      1. Who are those Scriptures referring to?
      2. According to those Scriptures, name six characteristics that were found in this armorbearer.
      3. What are the two Hebrew words that make up the word armorbearer? What does each Hebrew word mean? (Hint, you will have to look this up! Use the internet, or Strong’s concordance. Ask classmates for help. If asked DON’T give away the answer, help them learn how to find the answer.)
      4. From these two Hebrew words and using the analogy in Chapter 1, what was the overall duty of the armorbearer?

 

February 23rd – It’s Not About You

Class Outline

  • Why is reading the Bible so important?
    • Short history of the Bible
  • Reading the Bible temperature test.
  • What does “Cake ain’t green bro” mean?
  • Is it possible to get to heaven without being saved?
  • Why is it so important to meet with people?
  • Make it known: You will be held accountable for meeting with someone.
  • Reading overview.
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework

  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Call every pastor and deacon in training (your classmates) of your same gender this month. Find out something new about them.  Give them an encouraging word.
  • Meet with your intentional relationship for coffee/lunch/etc again. If he/she can’t meet.  Meet with someone new.
  • Share a Sermon: Share a sermon that touched you on your personal Facebook page; when sharing write about why it was powerful to you.
  • Class schedules deacon potluck for April.
  • Watch the Sermon: The Weight of Accountability by Pastor Jay Alexander
  • Extra Credit – Tweet or post on Facebook as the sermon is going on. Make sure to use #CLCisThePlaceToBe in your posts/tweets.
  • 2nd Ministry Picked and Signed Up For
  • Read Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 6:16-19, Psalm 101:5, Exodus 23:1, 2 Timothy 3:16, Gal. 6:1-2, Matthew 18:15, Ephesians 4:3

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: Describe a time when you struggled with strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling.  Describe a time where you were the victim of strife, division, gossip, backbiting, and/or tattling.  How do we address people that are preaching against what the church believes?  How do we address people who are undermine the pastors and leadership of the church?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 2 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
    1. To be an armorbearer, you must provide ____________ for your leader.
    2. By his/her very presence, a true armorbearer will always display and produce an attitude of ___________ and ____________
    3. Why are the two attitudes from question 2 important if you are to be successful in service as an armorbearer?
    4. To be an armorbearer, you must instinctively understand your leader’s _____________.
    5. TRUE or FALSE:
      1. I should complain to my pastor about our differences.
      2. I must not be in the right place if me and my pastor don’t think alike.
      3. It only took a day for the disciples to think like Jesus.
      4. God’s Spirit was eventually imparted into the disciples.
      5. After a period of time, your pastor’s spirit will come upon you.
      6. When your pastor’s spirit is upon you, you will think like he thinks.
    6. If there are times when you are troubled or confused about what your leader has asked you to do, then communication is a must. You have a right to approach your leader with a teachable and humble spirit, and simply ask the questions you need answers to. The following Scriptures will help keep your heart prepared for effective, respectful communications (even when you disagree). What do each of these verses mean to you?
      1. 1 Timothy 5:1
      2. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
    7. In order to be an armorbearer, you must have Romans 13:1-2 settled in your heart. What do these two verses mean to you?

 

March 30th – Deacons need to communicate

Class Outline

  • Deacons and Deaconesses are encouragers. It’s time to start encouraging!
  • Accountability (Everyone Answers Publicly):
    • Who did you meet with?
    • Who did you talk with?
    • Did you build a relationship?
  • The importance of social media fluency.
    • A godly approach to social media.
  • The danger of strife, division, backbiting, and gossip.
    • How to be an armor bearer for Church leadership, especially when it comes to gossip.
      Don’t just sit in the background and let it happen!
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

Homework

  • Examine your life. What is keeping you from living for Jesus above all else?  Write two things down and bring them to class. These will be shared with all.
  • Watch the Sermon: The Comfort of the Pair of Cleats by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    1. http://faithandvictory.com/sermons/the-comfort-of-the-pair-of-cleats/
    2. Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Philippians 2:6, Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 10:30, John 14:28, John 15:26 John 16:28

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: What is the Trinity?  What is your relationship with God the Father?  What is your relationship with God the Son?  What is your relationship with God the Holy Spirit?
  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 3 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
    1. Read Judges 9:44-55. Tell in your own words the story of Abimelech and his armorbearer.
    2. Based on what you have already learned about an armorbearer, name the qualities that you find in Abimelech’s armorbearer.
    3. Read 1 Samuel 31:4-6 and 1 Chronicles 10:4-5. Tell the story of Saul and his armorbearer in your own words.
    4. Why wouldn’t Saul’s armorbearer trust him with the sword?
    5. How did Saul’s armorbearer die and why did it happen?
    6. Read 1 Samuel 14:1-23. Tell the story in your own words.
    7. List three classic examples of humility and diligence that Jonathan’s armorbearer displayed.
    8. Big theology question: In 1 Samuel 26:9, David stated that he would not touch God’s anointed. Why did he say that? (Hint, you can look at other sources other than the book for more help on this one).

April 28th – Jesus First & Church First Living

Class Outline

  • What is a local church?
  • What is the global Church?
  • Can you fully follow Jesus without a local church?
  • Can you be a part of the global church without a local church?
  • Priority List Exercise
  • Discuss question 8 from last month’s homework: Big theology question: In 1 Samuel 26:9, David stated that he would not touch God’s anointed. Why did he say that? (Hint, you can look at other sources other than the book for more help on this one).
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Watch the Sermon: You Mite Not Give Enough by Pastor Matt Krachunis
  • Read Bible Verses: Deuteronomy 26:12–15, Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:20-32, Malachi 3:7-12, Hebrews 7:5–9, Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42
  • 3rd Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: What does tithing mean? Why do we tithe?  Do you tithe?  What blessings have you received from being a faithful tither?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 4 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
    1. There are significant differences between the armorbearers of the Old Testament and the armorbearers of the New Testament. Below are statements found in Chapter 4. At the end of each statement, answer whether it is TRUE or FALSE:
      1. In Old Testament days, the duty of an armorbearer was the number one priority.
      2. In New Testament days, the duty of an armorbearer is the number one priority.
      3. Although physical duties have changed, the attitude of the heart is the same.
      4. The position of an armorbearer is one that God calls for a short time.
      5. The armorbearer position is not a “stepping stone” position.
      6. You should always ask God if the current position is one He has chosen for you.
      7. A close personal relationship is not necessary to be a good armorbearer.
      8. As an armorbearer, you are called to serve a general of God’s army.
      9. An armorbearer’s purpose is to pull down strongholds for pastor, church, and city.
      10. Both with Old Testament and New Testament armorbearers, the main function is combat.
      11. In the Old Testament, armorbearer combat was physical; in the New Testament, combat is spiritual.
      12. There is no “Second Fiddle” position in the Body of Christ.
      13. New Testament armorbearing is a ministry of prayer, watchfulness, and intercession.
    2. Although the word armorbearer is not mentioned in the New Testament, we can see from the Scriptures that the attitude and spirit of an armorbearer is found throughout the pages of the New Covenant. Read the scriptures below. As a New Testament armorbearer, think about your life as you serve the leader God has placed you with. Write what these Scripture references mean to you.
      1. Matthew 18:1-4
      2. John 15:13
      3. Ephesians 6:5-6
      4. Philippians 2:3-9
      5. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
      6. 1 Peter 5:5 and 2:20

 

May 26th – Lead Them to the Cross

Class Outline

  • What is required for salvation?
  • What is commanded after salvation?
  • What are the pro’s and con’s of the sinners prayer?
  • Learn to pray with someone for salvation.
  • Practice praying with a partner (not a spouse)
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Everyone’s intentional relationship should be signed up for PCS and serving in a ministry by the next class.
  • Every Deacon and Deaconess in training should be signed up and be involved in a ministry in a MAJOR way. You should own/live your ministry.
  • Watch the Sermon: Be About It by Pastor Jeremy Ellis
  • Read Bible Verses: John 10:10, Matthew 7:11, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 12:10, James 1:12, Exodus 16:26, James 1:2, 2 Chronicles 1:11-12, Acts 9:17-19
  • Halfway Checkup: Meet with Elder Jay, Pastor Teresa, Pastor Moses, or Sister Shana (Meet with the same sex) to discuss how the class is going. 15-30 minute meetings. You should be flexible to their schedules.

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: How does God bless me?  Describe a time when God blessed you even when you didn’t deserve it.  How can we still praise God while in pain?
  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 5 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
    1. According to chapter 5, there are truths that leaders must realize to see that his/her ministry belongs to God, not them. What are those truths?
    2. Fill in the blanks to list the four basic principles that every leader must look for in finding a “Joshua” for their ministry:
      1. ______ for God’s ___________-___________ people to come your way.
      2. Be willing to __________ _________ in the lives of your helpers.
      3. ___________ authority. (Remember: if you are going to give anyone _________ in any area, then be big enough to give him/her the ____________ he/she needs to carry it out.)
      4. Look for the ________ of an ________ in people.
      5. As a leader looking for armorbearers, be sure to ask yourself this question: What good is a __________ without an ____________ to follow him/her?

 

June 30th – It’s Time for You to Serve

Class Outline

  • Why are we not immediately raptured when we are saved? Why must we continue to live in this fallen world?
  • Did Jesus come to serve or be served?
  • Should we follow the example of Jesus?
  • What happens if the church is full of consumers and not servants?
  • What happens when the church is full of servants and not consumers?
  • Accountability time (everyone answers) where is your MAJOR ministry? How does it help in fulfilling the great commission?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Examine the spiritual role you play in your family (if you are single look to mom/dad or siblings). Are you helping lead them in a way that promotes Christ?  Are there things that you could do to more show the love that Christ has for us?  Think and pray about a selfless act you could do that could benefit the family in some way.  Write it down and bring it to class. Be prepared to share what you wrote with the class.
  • Watch the Sermon: The Baptism of Jesus by Pastor Matt Krachunis
  • Watch the Sermon: The Blood Covenant by Pastor Matt Krachunis
    • http://faithandvictory.com/sermons/the-blood-covenant/
    • Post a 2-3+ sentence take away on the Deacon Training Facebook page after watching the sermon.
  • Read Bible Verses: Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Acts 8:36-39, I Corinthians 11:23-31, Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 9
  • 4th Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: Have you been baptized?  Why did you get baptized?  What does communion mean to you?  Why do we take communion as a church body?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 6 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 1.
  1. The spirit of an armorbearer doesn’t just happen. The armorbearer spirit comes by the decision on your part to become the chosen of God, giving full attention to the details of your life. There are four major areas in which we need to judge ourselves in order to break Satan’s power in our lives so that we can be pleasing to God and be a light in the word. List those four major areas by which Satan tries to hinder us.
  2. How would you know if you are hindered in one or several of these areas?
  3. What can you do to be free of these snares of the devil?

 

July 28th – Fulfill Your Role in Your Family

Class Outline

  • Does God look at church family the same way he looks at your earthly family (your direct relatives)?
  • What is our responsibility for our earthly family?
  • Read 1 Timothy 3:1-5
  • As leaders of the local church, how should our family relationships look?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Invite someone currently not attending any church to attend Christian Life Church. Bring the name of the person you invited to the next class.
  • Become an unofficial greeter of Christian Life Church. Don’t try and talk to the people you know at Sunday and Wednesday services.  Seek out new people and those people you have seen but can’t name.  Find out their story and why they are attending church.
  • Watch the Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 1 by Pastor Christian Shields
  • Watch the Sermon: Let’s Talk About Faith Healing Part 2 by Pastor Christian Shields
  • Read Bible Verses: Mark 16:18, James 5:14-20, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: What is divine healing? Have you ever been healed or seen anyone healed at a church service?  Have you ever prayed for anyone to be healed?  Why does God ask us to pray for people to be healed?  Why does God not heal some people?
  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Book Study: Read the Forward and Chapter 1 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2.
    1. Write 1 Peter 4:10 in your own words.
    2. How have you used your gifts and talents in the local church.
    3. Do you see other gifts and talents developing within you? What are they?
    4. How can these gifts and talents be used for the body of Christ and in your church?
    5. Of the 40 keys listed regarding Successful Keys to Blooming Where You Are Planted, list the 10 keys that ministered to you the most.
    6. What are the four categories that we must understand so that we can bloom where we are planted?

August 25th – Have a Heart for the Lost

Class Outline

  • What happens to someone if they die without being born again?
  • What does that look like?
  • Is that fair?
  • Read Matthew 7:12-14
    • How do these verses make you feel?
    • What does verse 12 have to do with verses 13-14
    • How does this effect our outlook on evangelism?
  • Why is it important that the church offers a call to salvation every Sunday?
  • How should you as a Deacon/Deaconess respond during these calls?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Meet with Pastor Christian or Pastor Amanda and bring the three weakest spots of your faith. Also bring the three strongest things about your faith.  Be prepared to hear additional feedback.  Be prepared to have an honest discussion about where you are as a deacon/deaconess in training and what you need to work on.  Try not to be defensive and rather accept the honest feedback and change your life.  Please pray about this meeting.
  • In additional to weak and strong points examine your life for general business. The life of a deacon is one that is God and Church centered.  Are there things that you are doing that’s sucking up all your time so you are unable to serve and meet people?  Do you need to drop some things in your life? Bring an answer to these questions to the next class to share.
  • Watch the Sermon: Voice Of Truth by Pastor Crystal Krachunis
  • Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, 1 Corinthians 13:2, 1 Corinthians 14:1-6, I Corinthians 14:24-30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, 1 John 4:1, Acts 15:32
  • 5th Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: Have you heard a prophet speak before? How do you feel about prophecy? How does Christian Life Church deal with prophecy?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 2 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2
    1. What is the first key to longevity?
    2. The word “Longevity” means long life. How does that relate to being an armor bearer?
    3. Read Matthew 13:37-38. What does it mean when God describes us as His “good seed”?
    4. Genesis 1:11 says that the “seed is in itself.” How does that relate to us as workers in the Kingdom of God?
    5. How will you know that your seed has come forth? What must you do?
    6. If a tree is continually uprooted and replanted, eventually the roots will die. How does this relate to a Christian?
    7. Chapter 2 lists a verse that is very important in understanding your calling. What is that scripture reference? What does that verse say to you?
    8. TRUE or FALSE
      1. Not everyone will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
      2. First Corinthians 5:10 tells us who will appear.
      3. My pastor can answer for me regarding how I used my gifts.
      4. God will give me some slack if I was a good friend and a good parent.
      5. We must be determined to have God’s will in our lives no matter that cost.
      6. Sometimes it will take strong crying and many tears to stay where God plants you.
      7. Hebrews 5:7 tells us what Jesus went through to stay in the will of God.
    9. What are the remaining keys to longevity as outlined in Chapter 2?
    10. What does the word “Grace” mean? Explain it to me like you would explain it to a five-year-old.
    11. Acts 13:36 states that David “served his own generation by the will of God”. List the ways that this generation thinks differently than the past generations (the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, and two-thousands).
    12. What can you do to make sure you are in tune with the way this generation thinks?

 

September 29th – Examine Your Life

Class Outline

  • Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-7
  • What does verse 7 mean in real life terms?
  • What will happen to our church if sin is allowed to prevail in our leadership, including our deacons and deaconesses?
  • Does God expect us to be perfect?
  • In light of this, what do we do? What tools has God given us to remove the leaven?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Meet with Elder Jay, Pastor Teresa, Pastor Moses, or Sister Shana (Meet with the same sex) to discuss how you will serve as a deacon.
    • Answer these questions:
      1. Where will you serve?
      2. How will you make that ministry better?
      3. How much time are you willing to dedicate to that ministry?
      4. Who are you forming relationships with?
      5. What are your goals for them in 2019 and 2020?
      6. Are you moving them to form relationships with other people?
    • Watch the Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 1 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Watch the Sermon: The Gifted Church Service Part 2 by Pastor Christian Shields
    • Read Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:17; I Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:3, Matthew 28;18, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 13:1, Mark 10:42-45

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: Why does God have pastors? What are my thoughts on pastoral authority? Am I submitted to the leadership of CLC?
  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 3 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2
    1. What is the first key to commitment?
    2. List the four characteristics of a faithful man/woman.
    3. Read 1 Corinthians 4:2. How can you be found faithful?
    4. What is the second key to commitment?
    5. There are spiritual laws that work for masters and servants alike. List three of those spiritual laws and the scriptures validating them.
    6. What is the third key to commitment?
    7. TRUE or FALSE
      1. Your marriage comes before your position in the church.
      2. You should approach the ministry with a similar commitment as your marriage.
      3. The same keys you apply to your marriage you should apply to the ministry.
      4. Communication is important in marriage; it is equally important in the ministry.
      5. You won’t have an effective ministry without communication.
      6. Pastors must communicate as well as they expect their leaders to communicate.
      7. People must commit to the pastor, as well as the pastor committing to the people.
      8. If a pastor is truly joined to the flock as a shepherd, the sheep will know his voice.
    8. What are the final three keys to commitment?
    9. Read Colossians 3:23-24. How are these verses a reality in your life?

 

 

October 27th – Support the Pastors

Class Outline

  • What motivated Pastor Christian and Amanda to start Christian Life Church in Cedar Rapids?
  • What motivates them to continue to stay and serve?
  • Do you agree with their motivations?
  • What is there goal in pastoring Christian Life Church?
  • Do you support that goal, do you want to see it accomplished?
  • Is the success of CLC on the backs of Pastor Christian and Pastor Amanda?
  • Will Pastor Christian and Pastor Amanda be held accountable for the way they lead and teach at Christian Life Church?
  • Will you be held accountable by God for the way you lead and support Pastor Christian and Amanda at Christian Life Church?
  • Are the Pastors of Christian Life Church held to a higher standard than everyone else?
  • How does this effect how you look at and follow their leadership?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Multiply your intentional relationship. Move them from just meeting with them to multiplying them.
  • Watch Sermon: The Love Chapter Part 3 – Boasting & Arrogance by Pastor Christian Shields
  • Read Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 – 14, Mark 16:17, Romans 8:26, Acts 2:4,  Acts 2:11, Acts 10:46,  Acts 19:6
  • 6th Ministry Picked

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Doctrinal Study: What is speaking in tongues and how does it work?  Do you speak in tongues?  Do you feel comfortable around people that speak in tongues?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 4 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2
    1. What is the first key to attitude?
    2. What does Isaiah 1:19 mean to you?
    3. How does 1 Chronicles 28:9 apply to your life?
    4. What is the second key to the right attitude?
    5. If the best feeling you have about doing something in the ministry is “when it’s over” why is your attitude wrong?
    6. What is the third key to having the right attitude?
    7. What was the significant attitude that Paul represented in Philippians 1:15-19
    8. How does 1 Thessalonians 5:18 relate to your life?
    9. Read the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:23-26. From these Scriptures and your imagination, list as many hardships as you can think of that these men were probably going through.
    10. Jesus was a wonderful example of the fourth key to having a good attitude. What was this key?
    11. God established chains of command under Him, meaning a key attitude for us is ______________________.

 

December 1st – Multiply Your Influence

Class Outline

  • How did the church go from one Man with 12 followers to being the biggest religion in the world?
  • What is the great commission? What does it mean in every day terms?
  • What is the goal of discipleship?
  • What is the point of Missions?
  • Principle of Multiplication vs Addition.
  • What is the point of the Foundations Notes?
  • Does putting something in writing (such as the foundations notes) limit the Holy Spirit?
  • Sermon review.
  • Book review.
  • Question and Answer Time.

 

Homework

  • Prepare to share with the class your three favorite things about the deacon class and three areas that it could improve.
  • Do a 3-10 minute video devotional on the Facebook page about what you learned from reading God’s Armor Bearer Volumes 1 and 2.

Email Homework – Email the Answers to Pastor Christian

  • Ministry Review: What ministry did you serve in?  Did you like it why/why not?  What did you learn?  Is there any way that you could help that ministry be better?
  • Book Study: Read Chapter 5 of God’s Armor Bearer Volume 2
    1. What is the first key to teamwork?
    2. What is the main reason people leave churches according to chapter 5?
    3. Anyone can take offense, get hurt, and walk out, but it takes a _________ or ____________ to make it a ___________.
    4. The key to overcoming offense is found in Matthew 18:34-35. What is that key?
    5. What is the second key to teamwork?
    6. Read Matthew 25:13-15. Now read verse 35. What are these verses saying to us?
    7. Read 1 Peter 4:10. Can you say that you do not have any gifts or talents? Why or why not?
    8. What are the last two keys to teamwork?
    9. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-15. Paul compares the members of the body of Christ with the members of the physical body. With that in mind, why is the ministry of helps not a “second fiddle” position?
    10. 1 Corinthians 1:10 and Acts 4:32 are two verses with a similar message. What is the similarity in meaning?

 

January 5th – Deacon Process Review/Party

Class Outline

  • Breakfast Provided by CLC
  • Book review.
  • Share with the class your three favorite things about the deacon class and three areas that it could improve.
  • Prepare for Graduation