Lay ministry training based on spiritual gifts in the Seventh-day Adventist Churches of the Jakarta Conference
Unpublished Thesis (DMin)
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The purpose of this project is to develop a training program to help members to minister according to their spiritual gifts in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Jakarta Conference. To reach this goal, the biblical and theological foundation of lay ministry training will be explored. The biblical and theological findings prove that there is no distinction between clergy and laity as far as belonging to the people of God and ministry is concerned. The difference is found only in function. They have accepted the mandate through the baptism ceremony. Training is a vital aspect in order to make the church alive. It is biblical, urgent, and necessary. It is part of the Church’s life. Training is not an option and it must be a priority in the church. The Church is defined as a group of people who believe and worship God. Its nature is a spiritual fellowship and also a functioning institution to fulfill its mission to the world. God has endowed various spiritual gift(s) on believers in order to enable them to serve. After identifying their gift(s) He wants all believers to utilize them for ministry, and be in the right place to work enthusiastically. Gift-based ministry is a meaningful gift that God gave to His Church in New Testament times. It is significant to consider, use, and put into practice all the gifts of the members in His Church. Everyone can enjoy the ministry according to their spiritual gift(s).
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