What We Do

Small Group Pastors Network

If you are a Pastor, Director or a layperson responsible for overseeing your church’s small groups in Virginia Beach and are interested in getting together to sharpen one another please let us know if you are interested. We will focus on three areas so we can grow as leaders.

  1. Competence (ministry skills)
  2. Character (life skills)
  3. Compassion

To be placed on the VB Small Group Network mailing list, please email your name, address, and phone numbers to Rick Leineweber at rick@commandsofchrist.org .

“If a leader demonstrates competency, genuine concern for others,

and admirable character, people will follow.”    
– T. Richard Chase

 

“T. Richard Chase distills the basic components that followers look for in a leader. Are they competent? Do they really care for people? Do they possess strong character? Everything else is icing on the cake.

Followers can endure a wide spectrum of differences in their leaders,

but these three elements are non-negotiable.”     
– John C. Maxwell

 

Rick Leineweber . Pastor of Small Groups . Atlantic Shores Baptist Church

1861 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 rick@commandsofchrist.org 


 

Pastoral Internships

 

If you are a Bible College or Seminary student that is interested in becoming a Disciplemaking Pastor and would like some hands on training then our apprenticeship program at Atlantic Shores Baptist Church may be for you. Contact Pastor Rick Leineweber at (757) 504-5940 or rick@commandsofchrist.org

 

 

Seminars & Consulting

  

Rick Leineweber is a small group consultant and seminar trainer. Below is a list of messages and seminars that he has taught around the world and can teach at your church. For more information contact Rick at (757) 504-5940 or rick@commandsofchrist.org 

 

Seminar List

Eyes for the Harvest Seminar

Description: This Seminar trains church members in relational evangelism. It helps people identify their relational network and sets forth the necessary steps to penetrate their world for Christ. It also deals with how to overcome the emotional, intellectual, and volitional barriers that keep people from coming to Christ. (6 hours of instruction)

 

Foundations for Ministry Seminar 1

Description: This first of three weekend seminars takes a hard look at 10 foundational commands and 8 essential attitudes that are needed to sustain ministry over the long haul. Jesus taught this to the twelve that he selected to “come and be with Him” and prior to sending them out to do ministry on their own. This seminar tackles those character issues that if not dealt with will shipwreck any Christian worker, layman, professional, pastor or missionary. The integrity crisis in leadership is because we allowed competence to exceed our character. (10 hours of instruction) This seminar addresses the following ten Life skills:

 

         How to handle false accusations – Joyfulness vs. Self-Pity

         How to be a contagious Christian – Winsomeness vs. Apathy

         How to reconcile relationships – Conciliatory vs. Irreconcilable

         How to avoid sexual indiscretion – Moral Purity vs. Immoral

         How to make realistic commitments – Truthfulness vs. Deception

         How to respond to those that hate you – Kindness vs. Revenge

         How to test your ministry motives – Authenticity vs. Hypocrisy

         How to set priorities and overcome anxiety – Faith vs. Anxiety

         How to deal with a judgmental spirit – Discernment vs. Judgmental

         How to walk circumspectly – Wisdom vs. Foolishness

 

Foundations for Ministry Seminar 2

Description: Jesus said, “If you love Me keep my commandments”. Each of Jesus’ commands addresses a different character building command topic. He knew habitual obedience to these commands if motivated by love for Him would ultimately shape our character into the likeness of Christ. Each “How to” is a verse-by-verse study from a passage of Scripture. Jesus sat the Twelve down to teach the first ten command topics. This second set of ten was taught as different situations in ministry arose. If these command topics are processed in the heart they can transform the servant of God and prepare him to sustain ministry over the long haul. When these areas are neglected Christian workers too often experience shipwreck.

 

         How to increase your receptivity to God’s Word – Attentiveness vs. Unreceptive

         How to honor aging parents while doing ministry – Respect vs. Disrespect

         How to submit to God’s will in your life – Submission vs. Disobedience

         How to partner in ministry with believers from other churches – Tolerance vs. Prejudice

         How to resolve conflicts with people – Assertive vs. Intimidated

         How to be available for service in the kingdom – Availability vs. Self-Centered

         How to intercede in prayer for others – Persistence vs. Faint-Hearted

         How to invest your resources in light of eternity – Faithful vs. Unfaithful

         How to release those who have offended you – Forgiveness vs. Rejection

         How to use your singleness to advance the kingdom – Undistracted Devotion vs. Distracted Devotion

 

Foundations for Ministry Seminar 3

Description: This third weekend seminar in this series focuses on the last ten commands of Christ. Jesus said, “If you love Me keep my commandments”. Each of Jesus’ commands addresses a different character building command topic. He knew habitual obedience to these commands if motivated by love for Him would ultimately shape our character into the likeness of Christ. Each “How to” is a verse-by-verse study from a passage of Scripture. This third set of ten commands topics were also taught as different situations in ministry arose. If these command topics are processed in the heart they can transform the servant of God and prepare him to sustain ministry over the long haul. It’s not enough that the work of ministry gets done; these workers must become more like Jesus Christ in the process.

 

         How to welcome children while doing adult ministry – Tenderness vs. Prohibitive

         How to become a servant leader – Humility vs. Pride

         How to honor government authorities – Honor vs. Dishonor

         How to love God and people – Love vs. Selfishness

         How to work while waiting for the Lord’s return – Readiness vs. Unpreparedness

         How to sacrificially meet the needs of Christians – Selflessness vs. Self-promotion

         How to celebrate the Lord’s Supper – Thankfulness vs. Ingratitude

         How to trust Christ in His absence – Faith vs. Mistrust

         How to validate your identity as a disciple of Christ – Reliance vs. Self-Reliance

         How to become a World Class Leader – Purposeful vs. Unintentional

 

Small Group Values Seminar

This seminar focuses on 5 core values that are essential to disciple making and church planting. They are: 1) Transformation – Internal vs. External, 2) Relationships – Relational vs. Programmatic, 3) Jesus’ Example – Process vs. Event Driven, 4) Equipping – Development vs. Dependency, 5) Multiplication – Inclusive vs. Exclusive. (5 hours of instruction)

 

Abilities Needed to Plant Churches

      This seminar identifies 14 abilities needed to plant churches. (5 hours of instruction)

 

Strategy Seminar

This seminar focuses on a chronological study of the life and ministry of Jesus as found in the Harmony of the Gospels. This seminar will reveal how intentional Jesus was about Disciplemaking (6 hours of instruction) in the context of community (a small group).

 

Network Seminar

This seminar was produced by Bruce Bugbee, Don Cousins, and Bill Hybels. Network is a seminar that helps churches mobilize workers through gift discovery. This seminar values gift based and passion driven ministry. This seminar’s slogan is – “The Right People…In the Right Places…For the Right Reasons.” (8 hours of instruction)

 

Great Commandment Seminar

This seminar equips believers in how to do eternal C.P.R. – 1) Cultivate the soil, 2) Plant the seed, 3) Reap the soul. This seminar is filled with biblically practical ideas. (4 hours of instruction)

 

Servant Evangelism Seminar

This seminar will mobilize your church in a low-risk approach to evangelism that will impact your community. (6 Hours of Instruction) Servant Evangelism addresses the following topics:

 

 

Sermon List

 

Rick Leineweber is a enthusiastic speaker that motivates congregations to invest their lives in fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples. Below is a list of sermon topics that he has taught around the world and can teach at your church. For more information contact Rick at (757) 504-5940 or rick@commandsofchrist.org 

 

  • “The Great Omission” – Matthew 28:16-20

This message challenges the church to take the Great Commission seriously as our marching orders from our resurrected Lord.

 

  • “Fully Devoted Disciples” – Luke 14:25-35

This message looks at 3 marks of a fully devoted disciple of Christ.

 

  • “Heart for the Harvest” – John 4:1-42

This message focuses on Jesus’ approach when doing personal evangelism and casts a vision for reaping a harvest of souls.

 

  • “New Wine Skins” – Leading Your Church through Change – Matthew 9:16-17

This message helps church members see the difference between “function” (absolutes) and “form”(non-absolutes). It encourages church members to be open to change their methods of ministry but not the message.

 

  • “Rubbing Shoulders with Irreligious People” – Matthew 9:9-13

This message shows how the lack of compassion for the lost in the Pharisees resembled the heart of apostate Israel in Hosea’s day.

 

  • “Compassion for the Lost” – Luke 15:1-32

This message explains the central truth taught by the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Each of these parables teaches that lost people matter to God; they deserve an all out search and when they are found it requires a celebration. Special attention is given to the prodigal’s brother who wasn’t thrilled that his lost brother was found.

 

  • “Investing in Light of Eternity” – Luke 16:1-31

This message on stewardship stresses Christ’s command in verse 9 to make friends with lost people by investing in them financially.

 

  • “Availability for Ministry” – Luke 9:57-62

This message stresses that availability is more rare than ability. This message is very practical and confronts the excuses people give for not volunteering to serve our Lord.