At many of our services in Kensington Temple we see the Ministry Team in action. This group of dedicated men and women are prepared to pray for anyone and everyone as they have need. Dudley Hanciles, head of KT’s Pastoral Department told Revival Times what it takes to make a Ministry Team member.
One of the most misunderstood words in the New Testament is the word ‘minister’. Most people hear that word and immediately form an image of a ‘man of God’, ‘church leader’, ‘platform person’ or some other picture of ‘ordained clergy’. But when you look closely at the word translated minister, it is a Greek word, diakonos, which means a servant, someone who executes the command of another. And so we see that at the heart of ministry is service.
Over the years our Senior Minister, Colin Dye, has emphasised that we are in the day of the saints, a season during which every member is called to be a disciple and a minister of our Lord Jesus Christ. And within this is a desire to raise up 1,000 intercessors and prophets to minister in Kensington Temple. Our vision of cell groups is very much an appropriate wineskin to fulfil this mandate to make, mature and mobilise disciples for the kingdom of God.
The apostle Paul speaks of this principle in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Ours is a ministry of grace, and that is why God has called us to be ministers of his grace towards others. Being part of the ministry team is one such opportunity to be ministers of his grace.
In the beginning of 2010, a recruitment program began in order to form a new-look ministry team at Kensington Temple. Colin himself launched this revamped ministry with a training program at KT in January that year where he taught about ‘How to minister in the Spirit’. There were over 100 people in attendance for that first training day. The new look ministry team was then launched and the members divided up into five teams who have the duty of leading in ministry during the services as directed from the service leader on the platform. These teams serve on a five-week rota basis and are led by a team leader and a deputy. They support our regular meetings as well as special gatherings and events in our church with visiting speakers from other ministries.
Members of the ministry team are expected to have a strong commitment to the vision of Kensington temple and fully involved in the cell vision - preferably in a cell leadership role. They are expected to have completed Consolidation training as well as having been on the Leadership Training School (Living Free! and Mastering Leadership) or currently going through it. Commitment to the cell vision also includes the attendance at an annual encounter as well as maintaining a consistent prayer and devotional life.
Training for the team is essential and all members are expected to undergo Colin’s training as well as attending all the quarterly training days arranged to develop them in their ministry roles. Training days in the past have included topics such as; ‘How to minister in the Spirit’, ‘How to minister in inner healing’, ‘The ministry of deliverance’ and ‘How to flow in the anointing’ taught by Colin Dye, Kemi Ajayi and Roberts Liardon. Ministry team training days have also been extended to include those who are ministering within our KT satellite churches. In addition to these quarterly training days, corporate prayer sessions are arranged periodically for the entire ministry team.
Apart from the general criteria stated for involvement in the ministry team, membership comes through the recommendation from a Primary 12 Leader. We are continually looking for new people to join the ministry team as well as getting involved in other prayer and intercessory teams with the church.
If you would like more information about joining the Ministry team then please contact Beverly in the Pastoral Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 020 8799 6183.