When are you going to do something about pastoring our people? When he heard that cry, Dr. Melvin Steinbron realized that the centuries-long traditional roles of the clergy and laity - with the clergy doing the pastoring and the laity receiving it - is woefully inadequate to care for all the needs of people in our churches today. So he decided to do something about it.
Believing that lay people also have ministry gifts, he, along with a team of church members, initiated a program to enable the laity to share in pastoring the congregation. You, too, can form a lay pastoring ministry which will benefit both pastor and congregation. This book will show you:
-how to reach out on a continuing basis to every member of your church
-how God gives pastoring gifts to lay people
-how to prepare your congregation for a lay pastoring ministry
-how to get organized
-how to choose lay pastors
-how to conduct a 15-hour equipping seminar
-seven commitments lay pastors must make
-seven common ministry problems and how they can strengthen rather than weaken your program
-how to evaluate your program
This is much more than a how-to book. It's a how-it's-being-done-and-you-can-do-it-too book. The lengthy track record of scores of lay people doing effective pastoring assures you that lay people can indeed do the pastoring.