GPS301 is the third of GPS four basic classes (GPS101-401). Since these classes build on each other you should have already attended Discovering My Membership #101 and Discovering Spiritual Maturity #201 before taking this class.
It makes sense that you must first be committed to membership in a church family and committed to the habits for spiritual maturity before you are ready for ministry. Membership and Maturity are the foundation for Ministry.
The basis of GPS301 is Ephesians 4:11-12. “(God) has given… pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so the body of Christ may be built up.” Eph. 4: 11-12
The principle undergirding this GPS301 class is: ” My ministry is determined by my SHAPE! What God made me to BE determines what He intends for me to DO. I will understand the purpose I was created for when I understand the kind of person I am. This is the secret of knowing God’s will for my life!
God is consistent in His plan for each of our lives. He would not give us inborn talents and temperaments, spiritual gifts, and all sorts of life experiences and then not use them! By reviewing and studying these factors, we can discover the ministry has for us… the unique way God intends for us to serve Him.
The two results of discovering the ministry I’ve been shaped for are: FULFILLMENT and FRUITFULNESS. At GPS, we focus on an individual approach to ministry rather than an institutional approach. We will focus on Five Personal Factors that have combined to shape the “real” you. By identifying the specific traits you possess in each of these areas, the ministry God has designed you for will become crystal clear!