Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Colin Marshall has spent the last 30 years training men and women in the ministry of the Gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College (BTh, MA) and the author of "Growth Groups", a training course for small group leaders, and "Passing the Baton", a handbook for ministry apprentieship. Until 2006 he directed the Ministry Training Strategy at Matthias Media, and is now heading up Vinegrowers, a new training ministry aimed at helping pastors and other ministry leaders implement the principles laid out in his book "The Trellis and the Vine".

Colin Marshall, Tony Payne
Category: Church

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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? 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. 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 fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

1 comment:

Cameron Buettel said...

Mark Dever says that Colin's book is the best book he's read on church ministry. That's a huge call considering Dever wrote the best book I ever read on the subject!