I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1 Timothy 3.14–15)
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, (Ephesians 4.11–13)
Uber-critical to the life and health of any church is an understanding of who we are together, what we are to do and who is responsible to shepherd these things. We open ourselves to division, bad doctrine and wastefulness if these definitions are infused with ideas contrary to Scripture.
Our last Leadership Training Class was a summary of our recent pursuits to define Membership (who we are), Discipleship (what do we do) and Leadership (who shepherds these things). Listen to the message here.
An outline of the summary (a helpful resource with thorough references)
Two free e-books ("Membership, Leadership and Discipleship" and "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Church")