Peer Group Material

Strand 1
Just starting to think about full-time ministry

Welcome to MTS Recruit peer groups! Peer groups are meant to give you the chance to gather with other people who are hopefully at the same stage of thinking… “What will it mean for me to be mission minded the rest of my life?”

The plan for these group times is to share your thoughts while discussing ideas from the bible, ideas from the talks, decisions about ministry and the whole conference in general.

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Session 1

A. Meeting your group

To get started, go around the group and share;

  • How are you currently involved in ministry at your church/campus/etc.?
  • Why did you decide to be part of MTS Recruit?

Pray for your time together.

B. Looking at God’s Word: What is gospel ministry?

  1. Write down a one-sentence definition of ‘gospel ministry’ and the share it with each other. Are there any key Bible passages that have helped shape your definition?
  1. Read Mark 10:32-45. Briefly summarise what happens in this passage. Any comments, questions, first impressions, things that stood out?
  1. How does v32-34 set the context for what follows?
  1. Look at James and John’s request (v37) and the ten’s indignation (v41)… What does this reveal about their hearts / their understanding of their roles? (Or to use our terms, about their view of ‘ministry’?)
  1. Jesus talks about how ‘those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them’ (v42). Can you think of some contemporary examples of this?
  1. Jesus presents an upside-down concept of leadership; where ‘great’ Christian leaders are to be servants and slaves of all (v43-44). What might this look like practically for Christian leaders?
  1. From the passage, can you see what is to motivate us to this life of ministry-as-servant?

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

On your own, or in pairs:

Choose one of the ways that you are regularly involved in gospel ministry and try to identify:

a) Some of the temptations to pursue greatness or honour, or to lord it over those you lead.

b) Some opportunities to take up the attitudes and posture of a servant.

Then share this with the group.

D. Putting it all together

How could you change your earlier definition of ‘gospel ministry’ in order to incorporate some of the ideas we’ve wrestled with from Mark 10?

Did you see any part of your own situation right now in anyone in the video?

What was helpful for you in the video when it comes to thinking about money and decisions about ministry?

E. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

In light of Mark 10, and your group discussion, ask God to use MTS Recruit to help you think through being a Christian leader – now and for the rest of your life.

Session 2

A. Reflection

From what you’ve heard from God’s Word so far at the conference, can you share 1 thing that has been particularly challenging to you?

Pray for your time together.

B. Looking at God’s Word: What is a Gospel minister?

  1. Who is a Christian leader that has had a positive impact on you and why?
  1. Assign 1 or 2 of the following passages to each member of the group. Have each person write down what their passages teach about the characteristics of a faithful servant of Christ. When finished, have each person read their passages(s) and summarise what they wrote down.
  • 1 Cor 2:1-5
  • 1 Cor 3:5-9
  • 1 Cor 4:1-5
  • 1 Cor 13:1-7
  • Col 4:12
  • 1 Tim 2:1-2
  • 1 Tim 4:13-16
  • 1 Tim 5:1-2
  • Tit 1:5-9
  • 1 Peter 5:1-4

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

  1. Perhaps there may be nothing too surprising from the verses we’ve looked at, but what thing(s) do you personally find most challenging?
  1. Striving to answer this with proper (but not false!) humility, how are some ways you’ve been able to serve others in your ministry similar to what these verses describe?

D. Putting it all together…

  1. Thinking through what we’ve looked at so far at this conference and in light of these passages, can you see yourself taking on more gospel responsibilities in the coming year(s)? If yes, share what this might look like for you.
  1. In light of the passages you’ve looked at, what are some things you could possibly do now to help you keep growing in godliness and maturity as you make decisions about future ministry?

If you did an ministry apprenticeship in the future, what do you think you might like about it?

What was helpful for you in the video when it comes to thinking about family and decisions about ministry?

D. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Pray that God will continue to transform and equip them to proclaim Christ to the nations.