The Call to Equip

Ephesians 4:11-12 is straightforward. Church leaders are “to equip the saints for the work of ministry...” And this equipping has its own purpose – to build the body of Christ. 

The intent of this equipping, "building up the body of Christ," is not to grow the church numerically. Rather it is to build the church up in the "unity of faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ." See verse 4:13

I recently asked my Lutheran friend, "What are the various parts of a church?" He answered with terms like nave and narthex. What I meant to ask was, “What makes up a church?" or, "What are the facets of a church?”

A church is not primarily a building. It is a group of people who have come together to worship Jesus Christ. God then creates offices and gives gifts to believers. Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12 

I believe these offices and gifts are lived out in the church as discipleship, service, worship, leadership, and outreach. So, how do you equip these? How do you equip a congregation to worship? How do you equip a leader to lead worship? How do you equip a church to do outreach? How do you equip a leader to lead outreach? .......

I am a pastor who leads a small church. I am also a leadership coach who focuses my coaching on small church pastors. Small church pastors know that they must equip. They also know that resources are limited. When you have 80 men, women, and children in attendance, there are only a few to equip.

Being small is not necessarily a negative. Where a large church can hire an outreach pastor, a small church pastor can teach personal evangelism. Where a large church may use paid staff to provide the worship music, the small church can use its people, even children, to provide worship music.

I will have more on this subject in the future. For the moment though, remember that God has called you to equip. Take some time over the next few days and evaluate your church. Where do you need to equip others? Then pick one and focus your efforts there. 

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