Nurturing Disciples Team
The purpose of the Nurturing Disciples Team (NDT) is to support ambassadors sent by God to
change the world in which we live.
We support the ambassadors by:
- Equipping disciples to be connected to the world
- Preparing ministers and church members to live as authentic disciples, serving God and sharing the gospel in their workplaces and everyday lives
- Empowering ministers and churches to release their members to assume their God given ministry roles
- Affirming those whom God is sending from congregations to serve as missionaries in their everyday workplace
- Anticipating God’s blessings upon His church as His disciples walk obediently
The Nurturing Disciples Team oversees the tasks of Leadership Development and Congregational Development. They have a membership of six (6) members elected by the presbytery in three classes of three years each with an equal number of clergy and laypersons. Additional team participants may be co-opted as deemed appropriate by the Ministry Team to accomplish its missional goals and oversight tasks.
The Nurturing Disciples Team will facilitate the regular education of Clerks of Session, Church Treasurers and Newly elected church officers.
When requested by the sessions of any three congregations, the Nurturing Disciples Team will facilitate education for congregational leaders. This requested education will be held in an area central to the requesting sessions, but will be open to all congregations in the presbytery. The cost of the training will be shared by the presbytery, participating churches, and the participants. Examples of such education include, but are not limited to, areas such as: Stewardship, youth leadership, teaching Sunday School, missional church transformation, small church ministry, personnel issues, sexual misconduct, and leadership development.
Congregational Development focuses on supporting existing congregations as they seek to:
- Redevelop – increase their capacity to find new and more effective methods to engage the church in mission and ministry to their community and the world.
- Transform – convert traditional programmatic ministry and mission efforts to develop disciples who are sent into their daily lives as missionaries to spread the gospel.
- Revitalize – regenerate status quo mission and ministry with new and innovative ways to become more faithful communities of faith, bringing new life to both the congregation and their neighborhoods.