Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT

[11] Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.

[12] Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

[13] This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Reflection . . .

Paul explains that the purpose of the 5 leadership roles in the church is to equip God’s people for ministry, to do His work and build up the Body of Christ.

When we think of what the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers do in our own churches do today, can we say without a doubt that they are working toward equipping God’s people? Unfortunately, in many churches the leaders do very little equipping and spend most, if not all their time doing ministry themselves. This form of ministry so heavily controlled by leadership is not Biblical. The Biblical model for leadership and ministry is given in these verses. Leaders are to equip and oversee the ministry that God’s people are doing. That means, everyone can be involved in ministry at some level and leaders are to be about training and helping them grow in their ability to do ministry.

Now, let’s ask ourselves: How is our church doing in equipping people for ministry?

Let’s take some time to think and pray through the reality we find ourselves in at our church. Pray that God would show you what it is He wants you to do to be equipped for ministry.