The Twelve Together, a recently re-published book by Ralph Morton, explores the idea that the form of Jesus' earthly ministry was dictated not by some grand plan, but by the needs of the 'discipleship community' to learn and to grow collectively. That process happened by them acting through, and reflecting on, their everyday encounters.
The Total Ministry movement in USA (Local Shared Ministry in New Zealand) has developed the same concept. Local congregations are helped to call-out their ministry team from their own number, the Bishop licenses them as a team and then they begin a process of learning as they 'do' ministry together.
In our individualistic society and in a church which has seen the nurturing of faith as a personal and private matter, it is an undervalued learning process.
The principal features are:
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