Christian Education Program Planner
Proclaimin' Roles to Play
…The gifts He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, some teachers. Ephesians 4:11
As you know, the Grand Central Proclamation Station is designed to recognize people throughout history who have named, claimed and proclaimed God’s story. They transcend age, gender and position or circumstance.
God has given everyone unique gifts to use in response to God’s call to follow God’s lead. We each have unique passions and personalities that add living color to the various roles we’ve been called to play. Even so, faith proclaimers have been most known for what God has been able to say or do through them. Their most notable contribution was an open heart and willingness to be God’s hands and feet and voice to speak.
Ephesians 4:11 identifies five primary roles for proclaiming and sustaining God’s story. They played a vital role in organizing and establishing the early church. The apostles laid the foundations for the structure, doctrine and function of and for ministry in a faith community. The prophets were called to confirm it and keep it true to God’s intent. The evangelists were called to preach it. The teachers were called to teach the scriptures and it’s meaning for daily living and pastors were called to nurture hearts and respond to the needs of the people.
The initial offerings will be focused on characters from the Old and New Testaments who Characterize the various roles identified in Ephesians 4:11 Proclaim the content of Ephesians 4:5-7 in the spirit of Ephesians 4:1-3. Devote their lives to the work of Ephesians 4:12 Click on the following roles to access stories about people who characterize these roles. (Note: This is a work in progress. As offerings are submitted, they will be posted.)
You might wish to use the following resources for easy reference as you introduce these roles.
- Proclaimin’ Roles to Play reference sheet
- Proclamation Celebration Litany (Proclamation Station Lessons, Songs and Prayers sheet)
- My Place in God’s Story booklet
They will include
- A 3-5 minute dramatic characterization of a person who is known to play a significant role in proclaiming and sustaining God’s story
- Backstage Notes
- Two questions about the content of the story
- Two questions to help participants interpret their place in the story
- Brief reference to an experiential activity
You may wish to submit your own “faith proclaimin’” story. Click on the icon to go to a web page where you may email drawings, pictures and/or stories to recognize family members, church members and residents of your local or global community who have similar gifts and/or stories to share.
“I Want to Give A Shout Out to…” certificates are also available to recognize groups or individuals for similar roles they might play. Click on the icon to download the certificate.