Each time I teach course 101 the phrase “Every member is a minister” jumps out at me. For many years I’m used to the notion that the paid “minister” does all the ministry and the people support him or her. The more I teach course 101 the more I realized that something is wrong.
Let’s see what the bible says, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [d]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12, NASB)
As you look at the above verse, who is to do the ministry of the church? The pastors and teachers or the people? That’s right, the people. The people are to do the ministry. And what is the role of pastors and teachers? Pastors and teachers are supposed to prepare God’s people for ministry. It’s my job to equip you for your ministry. I am a pastor, not a minister. I’m a minister simply because I’m a Christian. But every Christian is a minister. The Bible teaches this very clearly.
One day you’re going to stand before God and He’s going to ask you, “What did you do with what I gave you?” You have some talents. You have some abilities. You have some spiritual gifts. You have some natural inclinations, some interests. Where do you think you got those interests? God put them in your life. He didn’t give you that talent and ability just to use on yourself. He meant for you to use it to help other people to make the world a better place. When you use your talent, your ability, your interest to help other people that’s called ministry. My job as a pastor and teacher is to help equip you for your ministry.