Peer Group Material

Strand 4
Preparing for your Apprenticeship and Beyond

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: The shape of Christian ministry

  1. Read 1 Peter 5:1-11. What are your initial comments, questions, reflections, things that stood out… 
  1. What parts of the job of ‘Shepherd’ are a model for Christian leadership?
  1. In v5-6 young people are told to be submissive and humble. What might this look like when you are a ministry apprentice next year?
  1. How might the threats in v8-9 show themselves during your ministry apprenticeship?
  1. How might v10-11 apply to your ministry apprenticeship next year?
  1. In v1-3, Peter identifies six specific behaviours – three negative and three positive (questions a-f below). Thinking about being a ministry apprentice, what might each potentially look like next year for you?

(Face to face groups – break up into groups of 2 and share you answers with each other. Online groups – have each person take a few minutes to fill this out, then work though questions q-f having 1 or 2 people give examples for each situation.)

a. Not because you must (bad) – what might serving under compulsion look like?

b. But because you are willing (good) – what might serving willingly look like?

c. Not pursuing dishonest gain (bad) – what dishonest gain might temp you?

d. But eager to serve (good) – what would a servant heart make you do?

e. Not lording it over those entrusted to you (bad) – how might you abuse your authority?

f. But being examples to the flock (good) – how can you be a good example?

C. Pulling it all together

From the passage, summarise in 12 words or less what it means to be a Christian leader, then share your sentence with the group.

What did you learn from the video as you prepare for you apprenticeship next year?

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

D. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Pray for God to change you and each another to reflect the leadership model shown in 1 Peter 5:1-11. 

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 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. Leader: I will read Mark 10:32-45 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 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? 
  1. If you are meeting face to face:  

Working together in pairs and considering your ministry apprenticeship next year, try to identify: 

  • 1 or 2 of the ‘real-life’ temptations to pursue greatness or honour next year 
  • 1 or 2 of the ‘real-life’ opportunities to take up the attitudes and posture of a servant next year. 

Then share this with the group.

If you are meeting online:

Considering your ministry apprenticeship next year, each person try to write down: 

  • 1 or 2  of the ‘real-life’ temptations to pursue greatness or honour next year.  
  • 1 or 2 of the ‘real-life’ opportunities to take up the attitudes and posture of a servant next year.

Then, for those who feel comfortable, share this with the group.

C. 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?

What did you learn from the video as you prepare for you apprenticeship next year?

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

D. Prayer

Either in small groups, or just a few people:

Reflecting on Mark 10, pray for servant hearts and that Christ would be glorified in your apprenticeships next year.