The Trellis and the Vine
The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything
A book that Mark Dever calls “the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.” Helps the reader think through, both biblically and practically, the dangers of being busy as a full-time pastor and how it can rob you of focus on what ought to be the priorities in your time. Digging more deeply into the New Testament’s view of Christian ministry, the authors argue that a major mind-shift is necessary for many churches and pastors if we are to fulfill the Great Commission and see disciples grow in grace.
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 work? 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?
“What Colin and Tony have described here is exactly what I have been trying to do in my own life and in our congregation for years. According to this book, Christians are to be disciple-making disciples and pastors are to be trainers. Superb! This is the best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.” –Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
“The Trellis and the Vine comes from a ministry so deeply committed to the recovery of biblical truth and the cause of the gospel. Its wisdom is invaluable. My advice: Keep a good stack on hand at all times, and put this book to good use.” — R.Albert Mohler-President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
About the Authors
Tony Payne has spent more than 25 years in Christian writing and editing as the Publishing Director at Matthias Media. He is the graduate of Moore Theological College and the author and co-author of many popular books and resources, including 2 Ways to live: the choice we all face, Fatherhood: What it is and what its for, Guidance and the Voice of God, The Course of your Life, and How to Walk into Church.
Colin Marshall has spent the past 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 and the author of Growth Groups, a training course for small group leaders, and Passing the Baton, a handbook for ministry. He is now the CEO of Vine Growers.