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The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything

Colin MarshallTony Payne

The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything

Colin MarshallTony Payne

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All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine.

There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission.

And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth.

What's the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result?

The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry:

What is the vine for?
How does the vine grow?
How does the vine relate to my church?
What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference?
What part do different people play in growing the vine?
How can we get more people involved in vine work?

In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible's view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfil the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

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About "The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything"

All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine.

There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission.

And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth.

What's the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result?

The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry:

What is the vine for?
How does the vine grow?
How does the vine relate to my church?
What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference?
What part do different people play in growing the vine?
How can we get more people involved in vine work?

In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible's view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfil the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

- Publisher
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Meet the Authors

Colin Marshall

Colin Marshall studied theology at Moore College and is the author of Growth Groups, a book on leading better small groups. He has spent many years involved in training others in ministry, and directed the Ministry Training Strategy until 2006.

Tony Payne

Tony Payne is Publishing Director of Matthias Media, where he began work as first editor in 1988. Since then, Tony has been a busy guy: with his wife, Alison, he has grown a family of five children; he has completed a degree in theology at Moore Theological College; and he has written or co-written numerous ministry resources, and edited many others. Tonys main responsibilities are to oversee everything we publish (including The Briefing), and to get as much writing done as possible

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Great gospel-centred read on discipleship
5 stars By Tom, Dec 23 2017
This is a fantastic book on discipleship! The authors lay the foundation based on Gods sovereignty, ministry of the word being central to the church, and mans responsibility - they unpack these in extremely helpful ways and reiterate the need for discipleship to be the way Jesus intended by His example and His word. 
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'Ministry mind-shift that changes everything' ... like really.
5 stars By Aaron, Jun 17 2017
This is a brilliant book that hones in on the heart of christian ministry - gospel growth and maturity. Marshall and Payne show that many churches have missed the point of church ministry, becoming so focused on events, structures and groups, while forgetting the purpose of these things - for gospel growth. In recalling pastors and church leaders back to the core of christian ministry, the authors show what it looks like for gospel growth to be the focus in the church.

This is certainly not a book that rehashes what others books on church ministry has written. An absolute must read for pastors and leaders, and I would definitely encourage it for members of  a congregation.

Looking forward to read the sequel.
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A genuine mind-shift for church ministry
5 stars By Stephen, Jan 08 2017
The subheading of this book, "the ministry mind-shift that changes everything" almost acts as a guaranteed effect from reading the book itself - and what a genuine mind-shift it is indeed! This book utilises a well-considered analogy of a trellis and vine to explain the necessity of both in church ministry and discipleship. It successfully considers the importance and rightful position of both elements of the analogy allowing the reader to adopt a healthy attitude when it comes to practical application. 
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Refreshing Read
4 stars By Matt, Aug 03 2016
This book approaches churches and ministry in an interesting way. While the ideas are not earth-shattering, they make you wake up and take a look at yourself and at the church and determine whether or not you are doing the work that Jesus has called you to do. I think anybody who attends church should read this book, and I definitely think anyone involved in vocational ministry should read this book. It will change the way you view church.
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The ministry mind-shift that changes everything?
5 stars By David McKay, Sep 27 2011
The ministry mind-shift that changes everything is the audacious subtitle which Col Marshall and Tony Payne chose for their 2009 book The Trellis and The Vine. I don't know how other readers reacted to it, but it made me sit up and take notice. It also led me to wonder if they would be able to substantiate their promise.

The story begins with Col telling us about his beautiful, carefully preserved trellis with no vine, and his luxuriant jasmine vine, covering a rather ramshackle, disappearing structure that may once have looked like a trellis.

Throughout the book, the authors develop their theme that churches can be like the two trellises in his garden. Some of them are quite beautiful trellises, but there is no vine to be seen. Others have growth, without any structure, which is still necessary if the vine is to stay alive and grow.

As expected, it wasn't hard to describe the problems that many churches face. All too often we are busy with structures, but we aren't growing Christ's church: just running meetings, keeping the building in good order, collecting and distributing money and doing the many things that are thought to be essential parts of running a church in the twenty first century.

We may also be looking after people by visiting those who are sick or suffering, conducting weddings and funerals and getting the congregation involved in church meetings and small group, but Marshall and Payne point out that this is not our main function, which they say should be making genuine disciple-making disciples of Jesus.

In their view, training people to train others is growing the vine; everything else is trellis-work. Getting people to attend meetings and to be involved in small groups may be creating a useful structure on which the vine will grow, or it may be something which takes over and actually prevents us from growing the vine. We can be so busy doing good things, such as helping in crises, that we are crowded out from doing the essential thing, which is making disciple-makers.

Having described the problems with telling accuracy, they spend the rest of the book outlining their model which they have developed for identifying, recruiting and training co-workers. This has been a key part of their Ministry Training Strategy, in which new Christian workers are apprenticed for two years, before progressing to theological college for formal, academic training.

The case for training people to be disciple-makers is argued persuasively and many valuable suggestions are made for how churches can change from being (in Peter Bolt's words) in maintenance mode to being mission-minded. Marshall and Payne challenge us that if we are serious about building Christ's kingdom, we must be willing to change and even dismantle structures so that we can do the most important thing of all, which is making disciple-makers.

Have they lived up to their cheeky promise, or is this just another book that is being foisted on us, as the way to do Christian ministry? Is it going to turn out to be yet another short-lived fad?

Christian leaders from Chile, South Africa, England, the United States and Australia have written glowing endorsements of the book, which is the distillation of a view of Christian ministry which has been used by Phillip Jensen, dean of St Andrews' Anglican Cathedral, Sydney and Colin Marshall over the past 25 years.

The Ministry Training Strategy has been tested and incorporated into churches in Australia, Canada, Britain, France, the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Chile and South Africa. (See page 143

Reading this book is confronting, but necessary. It is a superb book for everyone interested in serving Christ whole-heartedly. There would be few Christians and who would not benefit from reading it and changing practices so that their focus shifts to building Christ's kingdom through making disciple-makers. 
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  • Catalogue Code 298360
  • Product Code 9781921441585
  • ISBN 1921441585
  • EAN 9781921441585
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Matthias Media
  • Publication Date Dec 2009
  • Sales Rank #2276
  • Weight 0.311kg

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