The Trellis and The Vine (L'essentiel dans l'Église)
What is the priority in your Church: the “vine” or its “trellis”? People and the progress of the gospel (the vine) or structures and programs (the trellis)?
It is from this vivid image that two Australians, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, lead a disturbing and sometimes even provocative reflection, but which is always based on Scripture.
Starting from the missionary mandate of Matthew 28.19-20, they show that in any local Church, all Christians are disciples called to make other disciples. This is the principle of multiplication. Thus, the “ministry” is no longer reserved only for pastors and elders. While encouraging the presence of “recognized workers” in the Church (pastors, elders, deacons, etc.), the authors explain that when Church leaders invest a significant portion of their time in the formation of Christians, the latter become in turn efficient workers in the “vineyard”: they can testify, accompany young believers, make visits, help other people to grow.
The inspiring vision of this book will help each local church focus on the essentials: discipleship, training, engaging all Christians in a “ministry of the Word” and spreading the gospel.
Why read the book?
- To reflect on the balance between relationships and structures in the Church.
- To discover a model of the Church oriented towards the formation of “disciple-making” disciples.
- To renew its vision of leadership.
- To manage the growth of the Church and the Gospel over the long term.
Highlights of the book
- Use the image of the vine and its trellis to capture a deep spiritual reality.
- Easy to read (table, examples, illustrations…) and implementation oriented.
- The authors successfully experimented with the biblical principles put forward in the book.
- Pastors, elders and group / activity leaders in a Church.
- Any Christian looking for a reproducible model of discipleship.
- Any Christian wishing to get involved in relational evangelization.
Colin Marshall has spent over thirty years training men and women for the service of the gospel, both in local churches and on college campuses . He was educated at Moore TheologicalrnCollege (Australia) and developed the vinegrowers.com site. Tony Payne is a well-known author and publisher in Anglo-Saxon countries. Also educated at Moore Theological College, he is director of the publishing house Matthias Media. He contributed to the development of the "Two Ways of Living" method of evangelism.
Tony Payne is a well-known author and publisher in Anglo-Saxon countries. Also educated at Moore Theological College, he is director of the Matthias Media publishing house. He contributed to the development of the "Two Ways of Living" method of evangelism.
Table of contents
1. THE TRELLIS AND THE VINE
2. A NEW APPROACH FROM THE MINISTRY: WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
3. WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE WORLD
4. IS EVERY CHRISTIAN WORKER IN THE VINEYARD?
5. FROM GUILT TO GRACE
6. AT THE HEART OF TRAINING
7. FORMATION AND GROWTH IN UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL
8. WHY THE SUNDAY SERMON IS NECESSARY BUT NOT ENOUGH
9. PROMOTING GROWTH BY TRAINING EMPLOYEES
10. LINE OF SIGHT
11. LEARNING FROM THE MINISTRY
12. GETTING STARTED
APPENDIX: COMMON QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Original title : The Trellis and The Vine
Author: Colin Marshall & Tony Payne
Subtitle: Learning about the vine and its lattice
Publication : May 2014
Pages : 208
Format: 14 x 21 cm
ISBN: < / b> 978-2-35843-038-8