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Mobile Ed: ED201 Empowering God's People for Ministry (7 hour course - audio)

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In Empowering God’s People for Ministry, Dr. Greg Ogden considers the concept of the “horizontal priesthood” of believers and their role as ministers to one another in the body of Christ. These lectures begin by considering what it means for the church to be a living organism and how historic approaches to church leadership have failed to empower believers to minister. Ogden evaluates various models of ministry and proposes a way forward that involves God’s call to all believers, the essential ingredients for life transformation, and the role of all believers to be ministers.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Need for a Paradigm Shift

  • Introduction
  • What Is a Paradigm?
  • Paradigms at Work
  • Lessons from Paradigms
  • Investigating the Development and Forms of Church Government

Unit 2: An Organism Paradigm of the Church

  • The Lens of Organism
  • The Church as Body
  • Finding Every Place Where the Term “Body” Refers to the Church
  • The Church as Body: An Illustration
  • The Church’s Relationship to Its Founder
  • Finding References to Christ as the “Head” of the Church
  • Attitudes That Hinder the Body: Inferiority
  • Attitudes That Hinder the Body: Superiority
  • Attitudes That Build the Body: Interdependence
  • Finding Comparison Charts of Spiritual Gifts

Unit 3: Where the Reformation Failed

  • The Necessity of Institution
  • The Reformation and Institutionalism
  • The Reformation’s Radical Promise
  • The Unfulfilled Promise
  • Reasons the Reformation Failed to Deliver (1–3)
  • Reasons the Reformation Failed to Deliver (4–7)
  • Summary Thoughts on the Failure of the Reformation

Unit 4: The Corruption of Biblical Language

  • Transformation of the Mind
  • Corruption of the Term “Saint”
  • Corruption of the Terms “Minister” and “Ministry”
  • Discovering the Common Greek Root behind Key Terms in Acts 6:1–4
  • Corruption of the Term “Priest”
  • Corruption of the Term “Clergy”
  • Corruption of the Term “Laity”

Unit 5: Pastoring between the Paradigms

  • The Apostolic Paradigm
  • The Christendom Paradigm
  • The Role of the Pastor in the Christendom Paradigm
  • The New Apostolic Paradigm
  • The Collapse of Christendom
  • Responding to Marginalization
  • Authentic Service

Unit 6: A Vision for Equipping Ministry

  • From Dependency to Equipping
  • Equipping in Exodus 18
  • Conducting a Character Study with the Bible Facts Tool
  • Fostering Dependency: Pastoral Self-Expectations
  • Fostering Dependency: People’s Expectations of Their Pastor
  • Jethro’s Advice (1): Change Your Role
  • Equipping Ministry
  • A Contemporary Image for the Equipping Pastor
  • Sharing the Leadership
  • Styles That Inhibit
  • Jethro’s Advice (2): Change Your Style
  • Sorting the Singular and Plural Forms of the Term “Elder”
  • Jethro’s Advice (3): Decentralize Your Structure
  • Our Challenge

Unit 7: Vocation and Call

  • A Disconnection between Work and Faith
  • A Distorted View of Call
  • Gifts of the Whole Body of Christ
  • Biblical Teaching on a “Call”
  • Identify Biblical References to God’s Calling
  • A Heart Call: Focus on a Need You Care About
  • A Heart Call: A Positive Burden
  • A Heart Call: Bigger Than You Can Accomplish
  • A Heart Call: Energy and Joy

Unit 8: Small Groups

  • A Theology of Small Groups
  • Benefits of Small Groups
  • Types of Small Group Systems
  • Definitional Elements of Small Groups
  • Types of Small Groups (1)
  • Types of Small Groups (2)

Unit 9: Ministry Teams

  • Biblical Vision of Team Ministry
  • The Importance of Ministry Teams for Discipleship
  • Staying Connected in Prayer through Faithlife
  • Ministry Teams or Committees?
  • Definition and Elements of Ministry Teams
  • Starting a Ministry Team
  • Necessary Ingredients for Starting a Ministry Team

Unit 10: Life Transformation Groups

  • Basic Components
  • Character Questions, Scripture Reading, Prayer Focus
  • Creating and Sharing a Custom Reading Plan
  • The Strength of Threes
  • Important Features and Benefits

Unit 11: Disciple-Making Groups

  • Ingredients for Christlike Transformation
  • Transparent Trust (1)
  • Transparent Trust (2)
  • Truth in Community
  • Life-Change Accountability

Unit 12: Wesley’s System of Interlocking Groups

  • Wesley and His System
  • The Society: The Cognitive Mode
  • The Class Meeting: The Behavioral Mode
  • The Class Meeting: Its Format
  • The Class Meeting: Its Leader
  • The Class Meeting: Its Value
  • Wesley’s Bands
  • Select Society: The Training Mode
  • Penitent Bands: The Rehabilitative Mode
  • Wesley’s Group Strategies and Leadership Principles


  • A Reflection Exercise

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Greg Ogden

Dr. Greg Ogden is a writer, speaker, and discipleship teacher living in Monterey, California. He was formerly executive pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. He also served as the academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For 23 years, he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

While senior pastor of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California, he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people, and resulted in his book, Discipleship Essentials. Subsequent volumes in the Essentials Series include Leadership Essentials (with Dan Meyer) and The Essential Commandment. Dr. Ogden has also authored the books, Unfinished Business (Zondervan) and Transforming Discipleship (InterVarsity Press).