CHMN 201 leadership paper final

CHMN 201 leadership paper final - Cal A Richards CHMN...

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Cal A. Richards CHMN 201-D13 11/28/2016 Church Leadership and Ministry Evaluation Paper For this paper, I interviewed Pastor Keith Thornton of Thomas Temple Church of God, Gretna LA. 1. Would you say that your congregation (or the people within your particular department or area of ministry) is “Living Out the Mind of Christ” (i.e. Unity, Humility, Selflessness) as they interact, serve, and minister to/with each other? How specifically do you as a ministry leader teach, cultivate, and maintain “The Mind of Christ” in your area of ministry? Yes and No, I say this because I can only speak from the point of knowing some of them. It is very difficult to answer yes for the entire congregation, because I do not see them all, and all of them do not attend the weekly services. I do get into the community and meet many of the people that attend, but some of the members live a great distance away. The members that attend weekly services and those who work in the ministry here is a very humble and caring group, they seem to always put the needs of others before themselves. A great job is being done by the church getting into the community by giving back to the people. Some of the ministries we have are a pre-youth group ages 10-16, youth group 17-20 years of age, and the women’s and men’s group. A combination of these groups has taken Thanksgiving baskets to families and the elderly in the community, and the local police department donated 24 Thanksgiving baskets to the church to hand out to people in the community and the church. This is just one way the love of Christ is being shown to others in the church and the community, this also allow the ministries to witness to those who do not know the Lord.
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2. Would you consider yourself a “Wounded Healer?” Also, would you please share an example where you have ministered to a person who is/was “wounded” in the same manner that you once were? (cf. II Corinthians 1:3-5) I think just showing the love of Christ to anybody is a way of comforting the people and attempting to heal the wounds they may have. The scriptures say the poor you will always have, and that’s not speaking of money, because one can have everything they need and still be poor. As a boy, my parents did not have much and we live very poor, though I did not think of us as being poor. Because of the way, I grew up I did my best to help others who were in similar situations as I was. I have always talked to those who seem to be struggling regardless of their living condition. I believe that all people need to not only see the love of God in action but experience this love by hearing the word of God from people who have experienced life as they are at this present time. 3. How specifically does the Holy Spirit help guide you as you lead/serve in your ministry? Also, can you give a specific example of how you were able to clearly recognize that the Holy Spirit was helping/guiding you in dealing with a particular situation and/or decision while in your ministry? What advice would you give me
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