The What & The How
As a national church, we are embracing Matthew 25 as a ministry focus–to care for “the least of these.” This is our what:)
But how do we reach our goals?
Matthew 11, developed here in MVP, helps leaders gain the skills and outlook to help reach these goals. All of these lessons fit with in the leadership model that asks, “are we making the burdens of our people lighter so that they can take their next healthy and faithful step in faith?”
This video will help your leadership team wrestle with how we have failed as leaders and is designed to help your team start to draw a connection between Matthew 25 and Matthew 11. At the end of the video there are three discussion questions for your team to wrestle with and pray through together.
Matthew 11 Outlooks and Practices
Matthew 11 is rooted in 6 ministry outlooks and practices that can become part of the ethos of your church. Together, these outlooks and practices will help you build healthier congregations so that you can address the most difficult challenges you face–like the ones identified in the national Matthew 25 Initiative. If Matthew 25 is the what and the why, Matthew 11 is the how.
Over the course of the next year, links with more information and resources will be added to each of our six outlooks and practices. To give you a taste of what is to come, and to get you started, Matt invites you to wrestle with these questions with a small group of leaders at your church:
Throughout the life of Jesus, how was he vulnerable? What are the Bible stories that come to mind?
How did the vulnerablity of Jesus ease the burdens of the ancient faith community, and how does Jesus’ vulnerability continue to bless us today?
Can you name three ways for your church leaders to better model appropriate vulerability to your church, and to your city/town? How do you already do this? Do you need some more ideas? Just ask for help:)
Designed by Rev. Matthew J. Skolnik
Matthew 11 is a ministry outlook and a set of time tested practices that help church leaders and congregations lighten burdens for those we love and serve. In addition, by creating healthy Christian communities, Matthew 11 also helps lighten the load of church leaders as well.
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Jesus goes to people and so did the early church.
Instead of asking where all of the people have gone, our churches will be more faithful to ask: where is Jesus going?
Living in community with those who are outside of our bounds is the setting of God’s good news and the context of discipleship.
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