Elder Team Meeting November 2020: E. S. P. N.

Remember our mission as a team of Elders. We are caring for and helping people move forward in their relationship with God through one on one biblical encouragement. We are giving hope to people who are going through transition, struggle, crisis, or spiritual/emotional need. Remember, we are not solving people’s problems, nor giving them personal advice. Let’s dive deeper into how we minister using the acrostic E.S.P.N.


The greatest encouragement is knowing that someone is there for you in the midst of the storm.

We do not attempt to remove the storm but we are present with them encouraging them as they walk through the storm.

We help them see that God is bigger than the storm and that His Promises will work in their life.

Encouragement is a ministry:  to encourage means to put strength and confidence into another.

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.—2 Corinthians 1:3-4 MEV

It is important for us to communicate the heart of God—His goodness, kindness, mercy and compassion, this puts them in a position to receive from God and move forward.  Faith works by love!

Communicate God’s heart no matter what the situation!

God wants to move in your life!
For the eyes of the LORD move about on all the earth to strengthen the heart that is completely toward Him.—2 Chronicles 16:9 MEV

God has a plan for you!
For I know the plans that I have for you, says the LORD, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.—Jeremiah 29:11 MEV


Remember our previous training on effective one on one ministry and what we learned from 2 Timothy 3:14-17. Here are some examples of go to scriptures I have used when ministering the following…

The new birth—Romans 10:8-10

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit—Acts 2:1-4

Rededication—1 John 1:9; 2:1,2

Physical Healing—1 Peter 2:24; Acts 10:38

Relational/Situational issues—Mark 11:22-25

When you lead them in prayer, model it. Every powerful prayer has three components to it: we pray to our heavenly Father; we pray the promise from the scriptures, and we pray (with authority) in the Name of Jesus.

Here are some great scriptures that assures us of answered prayer.

1 John 5:14-15 MEV
[14] This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. [15] So if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have whatever we asked of Him.

Philippians 4:6-7 MEV
[6] Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Let your prayer be sincere, from the heart
Let your prayer be simple
Let your prayer be specific
Let your prayer be bold


Giving a next step is helping a person take responsibility for their life.  We want to give a next step that will help people…
1. cultivate a relationship with God
2. connect with the local church
3. cultivate relationships with other believers

What next step would you give to someone who just accepted Christ, or rededicated their life to Christ or just received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

What next step would you give to someone who is struggling to recover from an offense by a family member, spouse, church member, former pastor, peer, or co-worker, etc.?

What next step would you give to someone who is facing an overwhelming situation in their life? an evil report regarding their health, financial loss, job loss, litigation, the loss of a loved one, broken marriage, etc.

Keep in mind these next steps you will be recommending on a regular basis….

1. Begin a devotion life of prayer and scripture reading, share your story with others.
2. Attend Sunday Services on campus or online Church at Home.
3. Join a Life group and make new Christian friends.
4. Attend Fresh Start 8 week class and discover who you are in Christ.
5. Attend Next Steps 4 week class and start serving on a team.
6. Get water baptized at a next baptism service.


Keep these resources handy on your computer, laptop or phone so that you can give it to others when helping them with a next step.

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