The ministry of Service-Leading
God’s people gather to do a number of things:
- testify to Christ (Eph 3:10-11)
- hear God’s word (Col 3:16)
- encourage one another (Heb 10:25)
- worship God (Rom 12:1)
- serve the common good (1 Cor 12:7)
The service-leader is responsible for integrating these elements by planning and directing the parts of the service so that they flow and hold together in a helpful way. The service-leader’s role is the glue that appears between all the other elements, but does not dominate. Different service leaders have different styles, which helps avoid a ‘rut’ in service style, but variation works best within a consistent framework that allows those present to know what to expect.
For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
1 Cor 14:31-33
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