21st Century Sojourner

lightstock_92344_small_byrene_haneyCommon Ministry Misconception: The people of God are comfortable sitting in the pew watching the clergy do all the ministry.

The Truth of the matter is: The people of God do not want to sit they want to be equipped and sent. If you get nothing else from this series on engagement get that point.

The church is not a gallery where we exhibit the finest of Christians. No, it is a school where we educate and encourage imperfect Christians. 1

The concept of “equipping the saints” is complex.  Church leaders often focus on only a portion of this verse, “equip the saints for the work of ministry.”  Stopping here leaves out the reason for the equipping and what we are equipping people to do.  Here is the complete verse for our study and reflection.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers…

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