Thursday Review: The Trellis and the Vine

These summary statements are well worth examining. I’ve seen them repeated so often I don’t think I’m going to buy the book! They are however well worth pondering.

Tim Chester

A review of Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything (Matthias Media).

‘Vine work is about the ministry of the Word of God, by the power of the Spirit. It is the ministry that sees people converted, changed, and made mature in Christ. Trellis work is all the other things we do in our churches that hopefully support that vine work, but which actually aren’t vine work in themselves.’ The authors of this book don’t dismiss ‘trellis work’  – all the institutional and structural stuff of church. But they argue we need a refocus onto ‘vine work’ – making disciples.

There’s a lot of good stuff in this book. I particularly love the key principles elaborated of chapters 2 and 12:

Ministry mind-shifts

1. From running programs to building people

2. From running events to training people

3. From using…

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