Friday, January 27, 2006

Calvary Chapel SE Pastors' Conference Day Two: Couples' Ministry Breakout

Day Two – Breakouts
Pastor Fidel Gomez on Couples Ministry

Fidel helped Bob Coy found Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale in 1985. Fidel and family drove across country from Las Vegas, Nevada, with Bob and Diane Coy when they came out to plant the church that now ministers to 18,000 souls a week. Fidel learned how to play a couple of songs on the guitar on the trek across country and became Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale’s first worship leader.

Fidel Gomez oversees the discipleship ministry at CCFL. He gave a talk in a breakout session at the Calvary Chapel SE Pastors Conference about Couples Ministry.

Fidel behan his presentation an explanation of the origin of marriage.

“God created marriage. He didn’t just create a woman, but a wife; a suitable woman that was a fit for Adam.”

So what do we want couples in our churches to do? There’s got to be a target; a mission statement. What is the objective? The goal?

Here’s where to begin: strengthen the leadership team. Test them. After seeking the Lord, choose leaders that are mature and also seeking the Lord.

Working with the right people is the key. Move slowly when putting people in leadership. Time is the great revealer. It’s better to have no one helping rather than the wrong person.

This is an acronym used around CCFL for training leaders:
T: tested
E: effective
A: available
M: ministry minded

This is a good one to adopt.

The heart of a servant needs to be tested. It doesn’t matter exactly what one wants to do. The issue is the heart behind what is done. The bottom line is that it’s about people/couples being lead into a deeper and stronger walk with Christ. It’s a ministry to couples.

Fidel wrapped it up with Psalm 128:

How happy are those who fear the LORD--
all who follow his ways!
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
How happy you will be! How rich your life!
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine,

flourishing within your home.
And look at all those children!
There they sit around your table
as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees.
That is the LORD's reward

for those who fear him.
May the LORD continually bless you from Zion.

May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.

And may Israel have quietness and peace.

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