The purpose of this option is to help you reflect on and develop the release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life and the life of your congregation and to understand and release the gifts of Holy Spirit in evangelism.
In the first few weeks, as you begin:
Spend some time reflecting on your own experience of stepping out to pray for people who have sought physical healing or some form of miracle. Also reflect on any time that you have believed that you have had a word of knowledge or prophetic word for a person. Reflect on how you felt you received this and delivered it as well as the result for the person receiving it.
This initial reflection is to enable you at the end of this option to assess how far you have travelled through the 10-month period. This is a private document unless you choose to share something of the detail in your final reflection.
Within the first six months:
a) Read two of the following books (choose books that you have not already read):
Johnson, Bill, and Randy Clark. The Essential Guide to Healing: Equipping all Christians to Pray for the Sick (Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2011).
Clark, Randy. Power to Heal: 8 keys to Activating God’s Healing Power in Your Life (Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, 2015).
Clark, Randy. The Essential Guide to the Power of the Holy Spirit: God’s Miraculous Gifts at Work Today (Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, 2015).
Dawkins, Robby. Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever (Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2013).
Throughout the ten months:
b) Participate in at least two missional activities where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are actively used, as agreed upon with the facilitator (Trent Hodson). (Learners in the Auckland area may wish to participate in “Kingdom on the Streets” run by Liberty Christian Church.)
c) Watch “A journey into Healing and Miracles” . Randy Clark interviews Bill Johnson on his experience of praying for the sick
Use the five questions in the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection as you read the books – the questions can be used for each chapter, section, or the entire book. Use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is to be a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least once every two months), perhaps focus each meeting on a particular chapter, section, or idea.
By 15 November, following the reading and regular meetings with your coach, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Discuss how your Sunday services and pattern of weekly church life will change because of what you now know and have experienced praying for healing and prophesying over people.
Do you intend to change your personal life and/or pastoral ministry as a result of reading the books and engaging with people outside the church in a different style of ministry?
At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the ten months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the ten months. Ask them if they would read the book(s) you have chosen if they haven’t already. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.
Ask your coach to assist you to identify and implement appropriate changes in your personal life and/or pastoral ministry – you might bring a different topic or area from the book(s) each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide.
By 15 November:
Submit a 1000 word reflection (or 10 minute vlog) on how the book(s) and engagement with your coach have affected your pastoral ministry. The facilitator will engage with your written reflection.
Trent is senior leader of Liberty Christian Church, a vibrant, growing Baptist church in Auckland West. Liberty is known for its contemporary worship, with Jesus at the centre and marked by a deep intimacy with God. Trent is committed to seeing a church where the people are fully empowered by the Holy Spirit, using the gifts of the Spirit to extend the Kingdom of God wherever they go. There is an emphasis on physical healing and signs and wonders as seen in the Gospels and the book of Acts. Trent regularly ministers in other churches helping them develop a Kingdom culture.
PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.
COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.
[updated 15 February 2017]
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