In the midst of a busy summer, I hope we continue to be intentional about staying connected with our church family.
By Ed Kvaale
One of the unfortunate side effects of having pastors who are engaged in full-time vocational ministry is that we can forget that ministry is too big for just pastors. Ephesians 4:11-12 says “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”. The local church is designed to be a community where Jesus has given spiritual gifts (each individual is a gift, as well as their unique set of skills and abilities) who are part of our church community. We have been given to each other! We need each other and our church community is not the same when we are absent. I need you and you need me.
We don’t just need each other’s skill sets, although they are also important, we each have a unique ministry and unique ways to reach people with the hope of Jesus and the Gospel. Jesus has given to each of us a ministry to help build the church. We need to steward the gifts we have and use them or else we will not minister in the way that Jesus wants us to. This does not mean that we need to meet every need, but there are needs that you and I sometimes are uniquely able to minister to in certain situations and with certain people. Jesus has placed us where we are for a purpose. The importance of being part of the church is that when we come together in community we have an opportunity to enrich each other and to serve and reach others who are not yet part of our faith community. Another challenge we face is that we are called to do ministry together as a team not as separate individuals. Yes, we have unique roles, but we need to raise up others to participate with us. We all need each other in order to grow into the spiritually mature individuals Jesus wants us to be. By Jesus’ grace He has given us all the spiritual blessings we need within the church, but we each need to fully participate so that we each can be transformed by the grace of Jesus and His Spirit into the person Jesus wants us to become. Will you?