TRULY TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTERING: Producing Fruit that Remains

I know: every so often in Christendom a new “catch word” emerges.  It doesn’t necessarily mean a whole new, never-been-realized-before principle or technique has been just discovered: for in truth, as Solomon said it, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc 1:9).  Still, new expressions are sometimes necessary just to catch our attention and get us back to a “lost” principle – a truth of God’s we’ve drifted from.

TRANSFORMATIONAL means:  something that effects a real change.  To be TRANSFORMED is to be changed.  “Pastor, your sermon today really changed my thinking about ________!”   That’s a transformational message, and transformational preaching.  So when we use this word, we are indicating that, whether it’s a sermon, a teaching, a program, a movement, an experience, it’s having a transforming, changing effect on the recipients.

Now in Christianity this is an ongoing desire: that our ministering would be truly transformational: cause recipients of our ministering to be truly changed…

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:17-8).  In Christ, we are in a process of change, ongoing: and to keep this process moving, God provides pastors/preachers/teachers/mentors.

“And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry and to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head” (Eph 4:11-15).  You can’t miss the clear indications of individual and corporate growth in Christ – a maturation process of transformation, of change – becoming more and more in that process to be like Christ (in character).  And we see God’s plan is to USE MINISTERS (of various ministry modes: apostles, pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, mentors, etc.) as the catalyst for the maturation, transformation process!

So…this raises a couple questions for us to be often asking ourselves as Christian ministers/leaders:

#1)  ARE THOSE I’VE BEEN MINISTERING TO EVIDENCE TRUE TRANSFORMATION in CHRIST?   (Or, oppositely, are those I minister to not really showing any true change in character maturation in Christ after a year of teaching, coaching, counseling, mentoring?)

#2)  DO I REALLY POSSESS THE TOOLS in the SPIRIT THAT EFFECT TRUE TRANSFORMATION in those I minister to?

It’s said that: You cannot lead others beyond your own maturation in Christ.  I think there’s truth in that, for not only are we to teach how to grow in Christ, we are to exemplify it by our own obvious maturation in Christ.  I like to express it this way:  YOU CAN’T GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE!  I’ve had to learn that the hard way, as it can be so easy to feel like we’re “good enough” in our own growth in Christ, in our ministering, and plateau.  So as ministers we need to be ever yet growing in Christ, and using ourselves as examples of how the Lord helps us do this.

THIS IS WHY WE DEVELOPED THE TWO SOULCARE COURSES through the NACM: they are unique training for ministers, whatever your mode of ministering, so that you can be more TRANSFORMATIONAL, seeing REAL CHANGE in the lives and character of those you’re called to minister to – those you’re called to assist in their growth in Christ!

SOULCARE 101: MINISTERING TO UNSAINTLY SAINTS:  this unique learning experience will help you better understand yourself – and why you think & do as you do – but also those you minister to:  how can you truly help others realize their root issues that drive their yet difficult behaviors (that are affecting their close relationships, but all their relationships, negatively), address them effectively, and truly TRANSFORM (putting off these “old man” traits while putting on “new man” traits in Christ)?  It takes understanding of how and why these things linger with a person, a Christian, and how Christ effectively addresses and brings lasting victory over them!  THE TRUTH IS:  CHRISTIANS GET STUCK IN THEIR DIFFICULT, SELF-DEFEATING “OLD MAN” BEHAVIORS (and thinking/believing behind them), IMPEDING THEIR GROWTH IN CHRIST & THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR WITNESS, and too often MINISTERS DON’T KNOW or HAVE THE TOOLS to EFFECTIVELY HELP THEM FACE, ADDRESS & CHANGE THESE TRAITS!

This is what SoulCare 101 & 102 are all about: EQUIPPING YOU WITH BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING & THE TOOLS TO HELP PEOPLE (Christians especially) TRULY CHANGE THEIR PERSISTENT, ROOT ISSUES and experience greater freedom in Christ, and so a greater ability to truly love others – especially those closest to them!

THERE IS A BIBLICAL PROCESS FOR MINISTERING EFFECTIVELY TO PRODUCE TRUE TRANSFORMATION: but, like anything else, it must be deliberately studied and learned, so the Holy Spirit can then empower and direct you in ministering effectively with each person He brings to you.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PREVIEW THESE COURSES & TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM: YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

https://nacm.pathwright.com/library/

QUESTIONS:  Feel Free to contact Exec Elder & Course Facilitator, Rev Rodger Niemeier:

RODGER.NIEMEIER@NACMINISTERS.ORG

 

 

Rodger Niemeier, Exec Elder (27)

Born 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA; Born AGAIN in 1972 at Kent State University, OH.Education: Westminster College PA ( BA in Bible & English, 1974); Asbury Theological Seminary KY (MDiv in Pastoral/Cross-Cultural Missionary, 1986)Ministries: New Wilmington UMC, PA (youth/ass't pastor: 1972-4); Bowersville UMC, OH (ass't pastor: 1975-6); Brookville United Brethern (Adult Teacher: 1976); Life Anew Ministries, OH (urban residential recovery ministry: ass't pastor/street ministries/nursing home ministry/jail ministry 1975-1981); Dayton Christian Schools, OH (Bible/English teacher: 1976-1981); Short Term Mission trips in Nome, AK (Inuit (Eskimo) outreach: 1975 - 1980); Nicholasville C&MA, KY (ass't pastor; young adults; church plant: 1982-86); Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church (C&MA), WA (Native American church plant: 1988-2001); Hands of Creation Native Artists Co-op, Seattle, WA (director - cross-cultural outreach: 1994-2002); Immigration Detention Center, WA (Bible study outreach: 1994-1995); Seattle Indian Health Board (Thunderbird Inpatient Treatment Ctr), WA (chemical dependency recovery teacher; vocational counselor: 1999-2013); Eagle Wings Native American Ministries, WA (founding director: abuse/chemical dependency recovery: 2003-present); National Association of Christian Ministers, Online Ministerial Association (Vice President/Executive Elder: 2010 to present).Ministry focuses: Bible Teacher; Pastoral; Counseling (chemical dependency & abuse recovery); Educator (Christian living; ministry training); Administrator; Cross-cultural Missionary (Native Americans/Indigenous People).Testimony: Though raised in a "nominal" Christian home, I did not come to Christ until my first year at college, at Kent State Univ. in 1972, amidst Vietnam War protests and riots on that campus. Inner emptiness drove me to seek God, and I came to Christ in my university dormitory room on my knees after reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. There Christ made Himself and His love clearly known to my heart. Immediately I lost interest in architectural studies and transferred to a Christian college, majoring in Bible and English (writing). I was fortunate to have a wonderful Methodist minister to mentor me in those early growth years, and soon sensed the Lord's leading to pursue more biblical training through seminary. After 2 disappointing experiences at 2 seminaries, I got involved in an inner city, live-in street ministry that helped young people come to Christ out of drug addictions. I also became a secondary Christian school teacher for a few years, did 5 short term missions in outreach ministry to Eskimos in Alaska, got married and had my first and only son.Later I became convinced I needed to complete my seminary training, finding Asbury Theological Seminary in KY: no disappointments this time. The training for pastoral and cross-cultural ministries was excellent, as well as being a tremendous time for my own spiritual formation. I met Christian & Missionary Alliance people there and felt led to join them, preparing to plant a church for Native People, I hoped, in Alaska. However, circumstances placed me in Seattle, WA, instead, and with a ministry partner we planted an urban Native church (1988). This challenging work continued for 16 years. Over those years, the Lord showed us that there was a debilitating, unresolved Native problem that was not being addressed: the widespread experience of Native People with past abuse related to having the highest alcoholism rater of all people in the USA. . As a result, by God's grace I, and a couple Native Christians from our former Seattle Intertribal Alliance church, started a new ministry: Eagle Wings Native American Ministries (2003). Though officially "retired", my wife (recovering from 30 years of domestic violence and abuse - father, former husband) and I continue to minister to area Native People in recovery from past abuse and chemical dependency.In 2010 I came across the NACM seeking Christian ordination. Later that year I accepted the invitation to be an Executive Elder and Vice President. I greatly enjoy ministering to fellow ministers and receiving encouraging ministry from them!

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