The whole church does the work of ministry. The risen Lord has given his Church the gift of leaders, apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. Leaders equip all of us to be the body of Christ. The whole body must work together, with each member exercising their gifts so that we can be whole and complete. Only when all of us do the work of ministry under the care of godly leaders can we attain to the full stature of Christ.
Maturity in Christ is a team sport. You cannot be fully mature all by yourself. Jesus is so completely incredible that representing him is beyond any one of us. It takes all of us together, functioning like a body to truly reach the full measure of the stature of Christ.
Lord Jesus, we are your body, you are our head. Direct us so that we do your will and truly represent you.
The main business of the pastor is not the preparation and delivery of sermons. His principal duty is to develop, whether by sermon or by any other method, every member into a mature believer, able to witness effectively to others.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 17.
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