Discipleship Ministry Updates | February 2015

Greetings MPC family and friends!

One of MPC’s five core values is to see each member GROW in grace as they rely on and respond to the gospel as disciples of Jesus. Here's how we describe this value: "Discipleship is learning, loving, and living in the pattern and through the person of Jesus. In obedience to the Great Commission, the work of making disciples at MPC is biblical, relational, and missional. We educate, encourage, and equip followers of Jesus to embrace gospel-centered truth in a gospel-shaped community with compassion for a gospel-starved world."

Now, here's an update on a few of the ways we are working to fine tune Discipleship Ministries at MPC:

Discipleship Ministry Elders
With a new Session (what we call the current serving body of elders) in place as of February, the elders now overseeing Discipleship Ministries are Troy Carter, Kevin Hekman, and Steve Williamson, led by Jimmy Davis. These men will continue to evaluate our discipleship ministry and prayerfully consider how to make it more effective.

Jimmy’s Job Description
For the past year, Jimmy Davis, our Associate Pastor for Discipleship, has been working with a coach to help sharpen his ministry focus and skills so that he might more effectively equip MPC’s members for the work of discipling our children, youth, and adults. One of the results of that coaching is a new job description which better defines Jimmy’s role as an equipper and coach of ministry team leaders for children’s, youth, and adult discipleship in our church. (See the Job Description approved by the Session in February 2015 here.)

Discipleship Ministry Teams
Jimmy is already working to establish a ministry team leader for each Discipleship Ministry team. Some of those teams already have leaders in place: Children’s Ministry (Karen Raquet); Women’s Ministry (Shelley Carman), etc. Here are some more recent changes and additions:

  • Men’s Ministry: For almost 4 years now Steve Gibbs has faithfully and effectively served as the Men’s Ministry Team Leader, along with his band of brothers, Elliott Carman, Jeff Colvin, and Joe McAnally. Recently, Steve and his team have zeroed in on several ministry efforts for men they feel they are best suited to implement and have asked the elders to take the lead on MPC’s broader, overarching ministry to men. These men will continue to serve as part of the Men’s Ministry Team, focusing on the Wednesday Night Men’s Bible Study, Men’s Breakfast, as well as various men’s social events and service projects. As the Session prayerfully considers and plans for the broader strategy for MPC’s Men’s Ministry, they have asked Jimmy Davis to serve as the Interim Men’s Ministry Team Leader. Jimmy will work with the elders and Steve and his crew to continue to expand our efforts to disciple the men of MPC.
  • Youth Ministry: We are pleased to announce that the Session has approved Jay Marble to be our Youth Ministry Team Leader, and KC Myers as Assistant Team Leader. Jay will be to the Youth Ministry Team what Karen is to Children’s Ministry. He will recruit and lead the volunteer workers, set the Youth Ministry calendar, coordinate Sunday morning and evening teachers and activities as well as special events throughout the year. KC will primarily focus on teaching and music. Jimmy will continue to be involved in the Youth Ministry as a coach and overseer, and will teach as needed.
  • Adult Bible Class, Care Groups, Life-on-Life Discipleship: For now Jimmy is the team leader for these areas, but he and the discipleship elders will be working to fill these leadership roles in the coming months.

That’s all I have for now. As you can see, we’ve been busy! Stay tuned for more information about another project we’ve been working on: a revised and updated Child Protection Policy.

Please pray for all of us as we work to more effectively educate, equip, and encourage you to be and to make cross-shaped disciples for the glory of God, for your gladness, and for the good of our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation.

With you and for you,

Jimmy Davis
Associate Pastor for Discipleship