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Spiritual formation for leaders in the church rev musyimi

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Spiritual formation for leaders in the church rev musyimi

  1. 1. ByRev. Mutinda Musyimi
  2. 2. Introduction Our calling to the ministry comes with tremendous privileges and awesome challenges. The world expects answers to their emerging questions and life threatening concerns Our archenemy the devil is leveling the severest attacks to us day and night as leaders (Zech.13:7). Spiritual formation is a gap that needs to be addressed urgently in our churches and seminaries.
  3. 3. What is Spiritual Formation?Spiritual formation is the growth and development of the whole person by an intentional focus on one’s: 1. spiritual and interior life, 2. Interactions with others in ordinary life, and 3. The spiritual practices (prayer, the study of scripture, fasting, confession, solitude etc)
  4. 4. What is SF (Cont)?A process through which God works through the dimension of our human life in order to enable us to know and do his will and purpose. It is God who takes the initiative but we must cooperate 2 Cor. 3:18, Col.1:15 Romans 12 sees it as a process of becoming like Christ (compassion, forgiveness, deeply care) We cannot transform ourselves, it is by God’s grace that he liberates us from our bondage, uncleanness and spiritual deadness.
  5. 5. Nature of SF It is intentional The formation must be integrated Spiritual formation must be measurable It must be a priority of every Christian not just leaders/workers It must span the entire ministry experience
  6. 6. Strategies for Developing SF Regular devotional sessions Weekly covenant groups and service opportunities Mentoring links Peer accountability Individual meetings with other leaders to discuss about spiritual formation issues on a personal level
  7. 7. Implications of Spiritual Formation We become Christ-like if we are prepared to deal with our own spiritual formation (Our real self will mature through special time with Christ) The minister who goes through spiritual formation will impact others for Christ (Our practice in the ministry becomes powerful and transformative) The two have to go together i) Being…Our transformed self ii) Doing… Our practice/service
  8. 8. Purposes for Jesus use of Solitude Mat. 4:1 -11 to prepare for his public ministry Luke 6:12 to seek the will of God the father Mat. 14:23, Mark 1:35, for intense and focused prayer To Refill
  9. 9. Results of Spiritual Formation He restores us Forgives and cleanses us Renews us by filling us with life Restores us into wholeness by shaping us Enables us to serve others by transforming us (true religion is never a private affair; we are his agents).
  10. 10. Methods of Enhancing Spiritual Formation1. Bible intake We lament the scriptural illiteracy in our times Ways to study scriptures: Topical, Character Studies, Book Studies God wants us to study scriptures carefully:- ◦ Examine details for clarity Ezra 7:10 ◦ Pay attention to grammar, geography, culture and history ◦ Apply the word praying to seek to apply the word correctly ◦ Improve the intake by memorizing, meditating the word.
  11. 11. Cont.2. Stewardship Responsibility for taking good care of resources entrusted to one. ◦ Time: Ephesians 5:15 -16. time lost is never redeemed. Time is short, easily lost ◦ We are accountable to God how we use our time Property. I Cor. 10:26, Psalms 24:1, Job 41:11. ◦ All property belong to God, we are only stewards ◦ Whatever we do with the property entrusted to us should be pleasing to God; worship.
  12. 12. Cont.3. WorshipThe aim is to enjoy God for who he is to us.John 4:23;17:17 gives us the guidelines Worship him in spirit…involving the whole person, the mind and heart. Sincerity. Worship him in truth…It is in truth, that is it is according to the dictates of the Word of God, which is the TRUTH
  13. 13. Cont.4. Prayer Jesus expects us to pray Mt 6:5,Luke 11:9 The Scriptures commands us to pray Colosians4:2, I Thess. 5:17 All aspects of our ministry call dedication in prayer, Ephesians 6:19. we are never to rely on our own strength.
  14. 14. Cont.5. ServiceWe are transformed in order to serve the world better.Illustration: Pony Express, founded on 3/4/180 and wound up 8/11/1861 due to lack of business after the completion the telegraph line.Before being wound up, they once carried this advertisement:- WANTED: TO YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY, FELLOWS NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS WILLING TO RISK DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED.
  15. 15. Cont.From Pony Express we learn two things about our service:-1. Our services must be commensurate to the dynamics of the society. The message is the same but the dynamics will never be the same from one generation to another.2. Serving should be a matter of priority, the ministry is no place for idlers or pastime.
  16. 16. LEADERS WHO DID NOT MIND THEIRSPIRITUAL FORMATIONSamson Judges 14:1 Judges 16:1Sons of Eli I Samuel 2:11 - 17King Saul I Samuel 15:23Judas Mathew 27:3 – 5Demas II Timothy 4:9
  17. 17. THE END GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING.

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