Peer Group Material

Strand 3
Pretty keen on full-time ministry, but not next year

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.?
  • What made you decide to be part of MTS Recruit? What are you hoping to work out from this conference? 

Pray for your time together.

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

  1. How would you answer a younger Christian you are discipling/mentoring who asks you “What does it mean to be faithful in ministry?” 
  1. Face to Face Groups:  Split into two groups, both reading 1 Timothy 4:6-16. Have each group share comments, questions, first impressions, things that stood out in their passage, then answer questions 3-6. When both groups have finished, come back together and share your answers. Online Groups: Read 1 Timothy 4:6-16. Share comments, questions, first impressions, things that stood out, then answer questions 3-6 as a group.
  1. What ministry responsibilities are given to Timothy: a) with respect to himself as a minister of the gospel, and b) with respect to God’s people whom he leads? 
  1. Are the responsibilities given to Timothy transferrable to those involved in gospel ministry today? Why or why not? 
  1. From Paul’s instructions to Timothy, what would you say were Paul’s priorities for ministry? 
  1. What would you say faithfulness in ministry meant for Paul? 

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

  1. How do you think your current priorities in ministry match up with Paul’s? 
  1. In what ways are you striving to be faithful in ministry at the moment, along the lines that we’ve seen in 1 Timothy? 
  1. Sometimes people compare (or contrast) faithfulness in ministry with fruitfulness in ministry. Is this a useful distinction?

D. Putting it all together

Look back at how you thought you’d answer the younger Christian who asks, ‘What does it mean to be faithful in ministry?’. How might you want to change your answer in order to incorporate some of the ideas we’ve wrestled with from the Bible? 

What is one issue or challenge you are working through right now when it comes to you starting a ministry apprenticeship in the future?

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:

Pray for God to grow your faithfulness in ministry in line with his Word. 

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 faithfulness in ministry?

  1. What is a ‘successful’ ministry?
  1. Leader: I will read 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 out slowly and I’d like you to use a pen or markers to circle, underline and note:
    • anything that surprises you
    • repeated words
    • key themes etc.

Once I’ve finished reading, then I’ll give you a couple of minutes of reflection so you can make some more notes and then I’ll get you to share “what you noticed” out loud in the group.

  1. How does v5-8 help shape our understanding of what constitutes faithfulness in ministry? 
  1. How does v9-15 help shape our understanding of what constitutes faithfulness in ministry? 
  1. Face to Face Groups: Draw v10-15, then in pairs, explain your drawing to one another. Online Groups: Have each person draw v10-15, then ask for 3 or 4 volunteers to explain their drawing to the group.  

C. Applying to ourselves and our ministries

  1. Consider a ministry ‘task’ (v.5) you are currently involved in. What might it look like to ‘build’ this ministry with the ‘materials’:
  • Gold
  • Wood 
  • Straw 

Have a few people share their answers with the group

  1. Take 3 minutes and make a simple plan to do 1 thing to grow as a faithful servant of Christ in the areas of conviction, character and competence. Make a plan to share this with your minister/ministry leader.

Christian Convictions (knowledge of God, Bible knowledge, Christian theology, ministry principles). 

One Action:

Christian Character (Godly living: prayer, godliness, relationships, etc) 

One Action:

Gospel Ministry Competence (Ministry skills: evangelism, teaching the Bible, leading others, etc) 

One Action:

D. Putting it all together…

What are a few things this passage says that a ‘successful’ ministry must have?

Did anything in the video get your attention or surprise you?

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

E. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Pray for God to change you and each other to more reflect Jesus.