Jesus said, “…make disciples….”
This is initially done by teaching a lost sinner about Jesus and it continues after he/she has become a child of God. The “it” is the continuation of discipling a person. Discipling is a life-long endeavor; individuals have responsibility to continue to grow, and church leaders need to be a large part of this process as well. The leaders’ maturity, examples and Biblical knowledge cannot be underestimated in this process.
Discipling comes through several means one of which is exposure to teaching and preaching. But it also comes as an individual submits to and practices the various Christian disciplines (prayer, worship, stewardship, solitude, study, fasting, hospitability, meditation, service, Sabbath/rest, submission, confession, etc.) found in Scripture.
One of those disciplines is service. Jesus said the greatest among you will be your servant. Jesus came in the form of a servant and we best imitate Him through servitude and service. We are most like Jesus when we are serving. Even in Heaven, we will be serving.
The Role of IM is to assist Christians (new and established) to continue to grow in this discipline. This discipline is encouraged and refined in members when (and if) members
1. Discover and develop their God-given spiritual gifts, passions, personality traits, when they re-visit their past ministry involvement, their life skills and experiences.
2. Deploy these very things through an organized congregational ministry or when they start their own personal ministry.
The IM should be instrumental in helping members discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gifts, etc.
The IM may also work with church leaders, deacons, ministry leaders and members in designing new ministries, revitalizing established ones and terminating those ministries which are no longer useful or beneficial. The IM may also train ministry leaders and assist in the development and deployment of members.
For his work to be successful, members must cooperate and church leaders (including deacons and ministry leaders) must encourage and support his/her work. It is always to everyone’s advantage personally (because they are growing more like Jesus) . And, then it is to the advantage of the local church because she will be blessed with greater unity, and her members will be blessed because they are serving and being served. The end result is that the church becomes a light in the community and draws the lost to the Lord. Trav
The above does not necessarily replace a job description for an IM. It merely represents a general outline of the role of an IM. The role of an IM and/or his/her job description can be uniquely written in each individual case as per the needs of the congregation and the abilities and cooperation of the IM in question. TI