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The Trellis and the Vine

Author: Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
Publisher: Matthias Media
ISBN: 9781921441639
Pages: 198
Year Printed: 2010
The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything
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All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine.

There is vine work: the prayer preaching and teaching of the word 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 (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? 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: *What is the vine for? *How does the vine grow? *How does the vine relate to my church? *What is the vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference? *What part do different people play in growing the vine? *How can we get more people involved in vine work?

In The Trellis and the Vine, 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. The trellis and the vine
  2. Ministry mind-shifts
  3. What in the world is God doing?
  4. Is every Christian a vine-worker?
  5. Guilt or grace?
  6. The heart of training
  7. Training and gospel growth
  8. Why Sunday sermons are necessary but not sufficient
  9. Multiplying gospel growth through training co-workers
  10. People worth watching
  11. Ministry apprenticeship
  12. Making a start
  • Appendix 1: Frequently asked questions
  • Appendix 2: Resources for training from MTS and Matthias Media
  • Appendix 3: Colin Marshall talks to Phillips Jensen about MTS training
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