Networking for Ministry

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This particular unit, Networking for Ministry, utilizes the Community Services Training package unit “CHCNET503D Develop New Networks”. It is ideally suited to the development of the skills required for networking for ministry.

This subject can be undertaken on-line through our online training portal or it can be completed through the development of a detailed skills development portfolio.

One of the most powerful tools in any industry is networking, and it is no different for those in ministry. We can all come up with a list of reasons that we haven’t networked the way that we should, whether it be because of time constraints, not knowing where, when, or who to network with, or maybe even pride. The reality is that we weren’t created to live this life in ministry alone, and networking is a skill that, when developed, can be an incredibly beneficial resource to any minister. In this article we will look at 3 benefits that any student pastor can realize through networking.

3 Benefits Of Networking

1.   Inspiration. As we develop a network around us we are refreshed as much as we refresh others, new ideas and concepts, help in times of disress and challenge, the opportunity to strengthen others.  Through a network we find others to speak wisdom and insight into our hearts in every season of ministry. Instead of waiting until something isn’t working allow God to work in your ministry by using the experiences of those in ministry around you.

2.   Accountability. 
Pastors and leaders all too often find themselves living is isolation ministerial responsibilities. Accountability to others can assist us arresting the development of habits that can damage your ministry and family. There are at least two levels of accountability that can be found through intentional networking. First, the beauty of networking with other pastors and leaders and their conversations with you as trusted friends keep us accountable, focusing on and reaching our goals for the kingdom. Second, and most importantly, are the potential relationships that dive deeper than just programming and church practice, but into our personal Christian disciplines. Without personal accountability we risk falling to countless temptations which can jeopardize the influence that we have been given.

3.   Kingdom Impact. 
Lastly, as ministers of the Gospel, we should always strive toward and pray that God would allow us to have a tremendous impact for the kingdom of God. In Ephesians 4:11-12 we see God’s plan in calling and specifically gifting those of us who have been called to be evangelists, shepherds, and teachers, etc. These gifts are given specifically so that we will “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”. (Eph. 4:12) This building up of the body of Christ and all that it entails should be our singular focus as ministers of the gospel. It is unto this end that we should work tirelessly and pray earnestly for God’s blessing!

Many of us have prayed for revival in our churches and in our cities, but a network of men and woman praying together will always be more powerful than one person alone. A city full of churches praying together will bear more fruit than one church, and a nation of churches who lock arms together under the banner of Christ would be unstoppable. As you push forward in your ministries across the country and the world, you are encouraged to both develop your own network and to take  advantage of other networks available to you as, if for no other reason than that you may join in prayer with other brothers and strive toward this heavenly endeavour together in the grace and power of Christ.

This unit can be completed through our Online Training Portal or though the development of a Comprehensive Skills Portfolio. If this subject is complete with a protfolio the complementary Vision subject Leaven Like Evangelism

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