Equipping the saints to lead

Identifying and developing church leaders is as old as Ephesians 4 and as new as a Starbucks barista helping laypeople embrace new ministries.

A growing contingent of United Methodist clergy and laity cite Paul's declaration in Ephesians to guide their ministry with others in the congregations.

The apostle wrote, "The gifts (Christ) gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12 (NRSV)

"We are attempting to equip pastors for equipping," says the Rev. Sharon Schwab, superintendent of the Indiana District in the Western Pennsylvania Conference, "That's not really what pastors are trained to do." Schwab cites Ken Blanchard's leadership and management material as a major influence.

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