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Body Ministry

The Body of Christ Alive in His Spirit


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Body Ministry – over 20 years of research updated to the 21st century.

This 250 page book (2011, 2015) is updated and compiled from two books:
The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry,  and
The Body of Christ, Part 2: Ministry Education.

Articles and books reproduced and adapted from this book:
Unity, not Uniformity (Renewal Journal 17: Unity) – selection from Chapter 4: Spiritual Gifts

Vision for Ministry (Renewal Journal 16: Vision) – selection from the Preface
Learning Together in Ministry – a booklet expanded from Chapter 15 – Mutual Education: From competition to co-operation.

From the Foreword by Rev Prof Dr James Haire

In this very helpful and timely book, the Rev Dr Geoff Waugh takes up the implications of these issues and applies them to ministry within and beyond the church, the Body of Christ.   As the framework above indicates, Dr Waugh’s analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Body of Christ inevitably is no less than truly revolutionary, as is his analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Spirit’s work.

Dr Waugh has had a long and distinguished mission career, especially in education, in addressing the central Christian issues outlined above.   It has been my honour and my privilege to have served alongside him for eight years (1987–1994) in Trinity Theological College, in the Brisbane College of Theology, and in the School of Theology of Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.   He has been a dear and valued friend, and especially one who day-by-day in his life has lived out what he taught.   Moreover, he has had vast experience in his long teaching ministry, not only in Australia, but throughout the South Pacific, Asia, and in Africa.

His work is thus very important reading indeed for us all.

From the Preface to Part 1: Body Ministry,
by Rev Dr Col Warren

by Rev. Dr Colin Warren, Former Principal of Alcorn College, Senior Pastor of Rangeville Uniting Church before retirement and founder of Freedom Life Centre, Toowoomba.

In this brief Preface, I acknowledge that Geoff has had a very big impact on my life, both by the witness of his own life and by the quality of his teaching.  I pray that you and your church will be greatly blessed as you read and put into practice these basic biblical principles to reach and bless the people who are searching for the living Christ but often  do not know what it is they are searching for.

Geoff and I have worked with students and on mission enterprises together over many years.  His writing has come from years of practical experience and a vast amount of prayerful study.  He has pioneered a work the results of which only eternity will reveal.  He has never sought recognition for his tireless and faithful service in honouring the Lord, in continuing to teach and to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.  He writes out of varied  experiences.

He was the inaugural Principal of the Baptist Bible College in Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).  He has taught at Alcorn College and Trinity Theological College (1977-1994) and at Christian Heritage College School of Ministries (from 1995).  He is the author of many books, mostly in Christian Education with the Uniting Church, but also on Renewal and Revival.

In this important work, Geoff explores the ministry of the whole body of Christ when Holy Spirit gifts are recognised and are encouraged to be exercised.  Then the artificial division between clergy and laity or pastor and non-pastor is removed.  At the same time there is the recognition of Holy Spirit endowed leadership gifting such as that between Paul and Timothy.  This means that Kingdom authority is expressed through Divine headship.  His emphasis on body ministry thus becomes a reality.

Geoff illustrates this clearly with his Case study Number 2 on page 34. There the church no longer consists of passive pew sitters but participants in fulfilling the command of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach repentance, heal the sick and cast out demon spirits, having the certain knowledge that He is with them as He promised “to the end of the age”.

Geoff points out that if the church is to live and grow in today’s world, it must recognise the need to emphasize relationships and adapt to change. This change will include such simple things as the way men and women both old and young dress, and allow others the freedom to dress differently as they attend places of worship in a non judgmental atmosphere.

There is, too, the need to realise the reality that many are affected by a global sense of fear of nuclear destruction and of accelerated and constant change and uncertainty.  The church can provide an atmosphere of security through rediscovering the unchanging gospel in a changing world.

Denominations that once were able to be exclusive and hold their numbers in rigid theological disciplines, have been invaded via cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s, and the internet that have widened the thinking horizons of their often theologically bound members, resulting in communication at spiritual levels not possible previously.

Geoff points out that if we are going to fulfil the Great Commission, we must first live the life of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is only then that we can do the work of fulfilling Christ’s command to go.

I commend Body Ministry for you to read.  All Christians will benefit greatly from reading this insightful book.

From the Preface to Part 2: Ministry Education,
by Rev Dr Lewis Born

By Rev Dr Lewis Born, former Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia and Director of the Department of Christian Education.

Body Ministry and Open Ministry Education come at the right time for adult education, gospel communication, and the growth of the church.

Open Education promises to become the most commonly used adult educational methodology of the new millennium.  The demand is likely to increase.  This indicates that the work of Geoff Waugh is a significant contribution to the current educational enterprise.  It is particularly valuable to Christian Educators.  The author’s orientation is theological and his target audience is the faith community, its nurture, growth and outreach.

To this point in time the educative process has been inhibited by dependence on structured courses, the classroom and qualified teachers.  Accelerated technology, as Mr Waugh observes, has made modern resources commonly available to individuals, churches and schools in every village community.  By this medium Open Education for the first time in history is able to offer high quality education from the world’s best teachers to people in their own lounge, church or local group meeting place.

All this coinciding with the renewal movement has stimulated interest in theological learning to an unprecedented degree in the history of Christendom. The incredible numerical religious revival in the illiterate Asian and Latin church has been stimulated and served by modern technology.

This gives Open Ministry Education and therefore Mr Waugh’s work a global relevance, which he has applied in the Australian context.

As a fellow Australian I am appreciative.  My appreciation is greatly enhanced by a deep respect and affection for the author.  He is a competent teacher, an excellent communicator, an informed, disciplined renewalist and an experienced extension educator.

All these qualities combine to commend the author and his work.

Book Structure

Part 1:  Body Ministry

I. Body Ministry                        with                      II. Body Organization
1. Kingdom Authority                  with                      6. Divine Headship
2. Obedient Mission                    with                     7. Body Membership
3. Mutual Ministry                        with                     8. Servant Leadership
4. Spiritual Gifts                          with                     9. Body Life
5. Body Evangelism                    with                   10. Expanding Networks

Part 2:  Ministry Education
11.  Open Education: From narrow to wide
12.  Unlimited Education: From centralized to de-centralized
13.  Continuing Education: From classrooms to life
14.  Adult Education: From pedagogy to self-directed learning
15.  Mutual Education: From competition to co-operation
16.  Theological Education: From closed to open
17.  Contextual Education: From general to specific
18.  Ministry Education: From pre-service to in-service


 Foreword: Prof Dr James Haire

Prologue:  Change Changed      

 Part 1: Body Ministry

 Preface to Part 1, Body Ministry: Rev Dr Colin Warren                         

 Section I.  Body Ministry:  From few to many

Chapter 1.  Kingdom Authority:  From meetings to ministry
1. Church and Kingdom
2. Signs of the Kingdom

Chapter 2.  Obedient Mission:  From making decisions to making disciples
1. Empowering
2. Discipling

Chapter 3.  Mutual MinistryFrom spectators to participants
1. Clergy
2. Laity

Chapter 4.  Spiritual Gifts:  From limited to unlimited
1. Unity
2. Diversity  

Chapter 5.  Body EvangelismFrom programs to growing churches
1. Program Evangelism
2. Power Evangelism     

Section II.  Body Organization:  From some to all 

Chapter 6.  Divine Headship:  From figurehead to functional head
1. The Written Word
2. The Living Word

Chapter 7.  Body Membership:  From firm to flexible structures
1. The Organism
2. The Organization

Chapter 8.  Servant Leadership:  From management to equipping
1. Servanthood
2. Equipping for ministry

Chapter 9.  Body Life:  From passive to active
1. Concern for People
2. Concern for Task

Chapter 10.  Expanding Networks:  From maintenance to mission
1. Congregational Structures
2. Mission Structures

Case Study:  China miracle     

Part 2: Ministry Education

Preface to Part 2, Ministry Education: Rev Dr Lewis Born 

Introduction: Ministry Education in the Body of Christ:
From traditional to open ministry education

Chapter 11.  Open Education:  From narrow to wide
1. Open Ministry Education
2. Distance Education

Chapter 12.  Unlimited Education:  From centralized to decentralized
1. Advantages
2. Problems and Solutions

Chapter 13.  Continuing Education:  From classrooms to life
1. Increasing Change
2. Increasing Choice

Chapter 14.  Adult Education:  From pedagogy to self-directed learning
1. Principles
2. Foundations          

Chapter 15.  Mutual Education:  From competition to co-operation
1. Aims and objectives
2. Implications        

Chapter 16.  Theological Education:  From closed to open
Bases for Change in Theological Education        

Chapter 17.  Contextual Education:  From general to specific
1. Theology in Context
2. Ministry in Context

Chapter 18.  Ministry Education:  From pre-service to in-service
1. Body Ministry
2. Servant Leadership

Epilogue:  The Unchanging Christ

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Comments on: "Body Ministry, by Geoff Waugh" (6)

  1. Geoff Waugh said:

    From the Renewal Journal Welcome Page:
    Dear Geoff,
    Please know I read and posted a review on Amazon for your book Body Ministry. Great book and I hope many will sell. I love to endorse good authors and will be happy to submit reviews on any forthcoming materials. Please, if you like it can you hit the yes button at the end? Keep up the good work and may the body of Christ light up with God’s vision.
    warm regards,


    • Geoff Waugh said:

      Thank you Valerie for this review:

      Spirit led ministry for the body of Christ
      By Valerie Caraotta – Published on Amazon.com
      Author Geoff Waugh has been generous by providing several mini books encompassing body ministry. Each has a different flavor but all draw you closer to the concept of what today’s ministry needs to entail. Whether in church or in home groups all must center, he states, on relationships and using the varying gifts of the body to build up God’s kingdom. Just like Jesus taught on kingdom living we too need to break out of comfortable tradition, dissolve the gap between clergy and laity, and not conform to the world but be an agent of transformation to the world.

      Servant leaders, Waugh believes, are called and anointed to equip others for ministry. It is not about position, hierarchy, or authority but a question of function and service. As the order of service is dictated by the Spirit’s outpouring, there are new songs in worship that can emerge as well as inspirational insights to edify the body.
      The contrast given between traditional leading and 21 st century servant leadership is very informative. It allows pastors and leaders to evaluate the way things are done and help them lead in supportive ways.

      The media and educational access via technology has allowed information at our fingertips and Waugh will share how the purpose of education has changed and what adult learners most appreciate today. This resource will be of benefit to all ministry leaders and teachers. I recommend it for positive change and for allowing the Holy Spirit, the Great Teacher, to have full reign.


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