Deploying the Called
Your journey for empowering new church leaders starts here.
This quick start guide offers step-by-step instructions for churches to commission, announce, and strengthen new leaders. Navigate the process of appointing leaders, communicating their installation, and establishing an enduring support system for their ministry.
How do we make them official?
- Identify appropriate occasions for installing new leaders (e.g. upcoming classes/groups, mission trips)
- Plan a services or set aside a portion of your Sunday service to commission your new lay leader.
Download a sample commissioning service (.pdf)
Plan an ordination service for your new pastor or deacon.
License the new leader for ministry.
General guidelines for ordination and license for ministry (.pdf)
Know the tax laws regarding ordained ministers in Missouri.
Ministers’ Tax Guide
Know the requirements for ordained ministers in Missouri for reporting and responding to abuse.
Sexual Abuse Response
How do we make them known?
Communicate the installation of your leader (through Sunday services, social media, bulletins, newsletters, announcements, etc.).
Communicate your appreciation of the leader (thank you cards, gifts, public affirmation, etc.).
Invite other churches and leaders from your association to attend/participate in the ordination or commissioning service.
Inform your association of the new leaders so they can be recognized at an associational event.
How do we make them strong?
Pray regularly and intentionally for your leaders by name (e.g. bulletins, prayer guides, Sunday services).
Equip your leaders (e.g. ongoing education, mentoring sessions, training events, conferences, etc.).
Provide regular feedback for encouragement and improvement.
Make introductions with associational leaders and encourage the use of their available resources.
Identify a mentor pastor and/or partner church to help train your lay leaders.
Be aware of counseling, fellowship, and mentorship opportunities offered through the Missouri Baptist Leader Care Network.
Take advantage of coaching sessions offered by the Resound Network.
Develop their leadership skills further through a cohort offered by the Resound Network.
Point them to further opportunities for growth through Missouri Baptist Universities or Seminaries.
- For the Church Institute – Free online training for ministry leaders from MBTS
- Church Revitalization Minor/Certificate – Focused study for church renewal from MBU
- Master of Arts in Leadership – a 12-month online degree with an emphasis in Christian Ministry from HLGU
- Masters in Christian Ministry – Hybrid Masters degree from SBU with focused courses regarding leadership