2. Do Ministry With People, Not Just For Them
The smaller the church, the more we’ll do ministry with them, among them and beside them. But we can never let ourselves get caught in the endless black-hole vortex of doing all or most of the ministry for them.
In a big church, most people are taught, trained and sent off into ministry without having spent any time with the pastor, other than hearing the Sunday sermon.
In a small church, the pastor has to (gets to) be more hands-on. But we should always emphasize doing ministry with congregation members, not just for them.
Doing ministry for them isn’t healthy – not for the pastor or the church. But doing ministry with the congregation equips the saints, builds relationships and so much more.
3. Equip Teams, Don’t Appoint Committees
Teams do things. Committees tell other people to do things.
A church that is light on teams and heavy on committees will spend more time assigning blame than volunteering for ministry.
4. Involve The Team In The Decision-Making Process
People won’t step up nearly as much for someone else’s ministry as they will for a ministry they had a hand in creating.
Pastor, don’t just tell people what to do, ask them what they’re called to do and how you can come alongside to equip them for it. Including ministry that has nothing to do with your church and its programs.
Become An Equipping Pastor
Healthy churches are led by equipping pastors.
Equipping pastors work alongside the congregation as we do the work of ministry together.
It’s our calling. It’s our mandate.
And, when we see it working in the lives of the congregation we serve, it’s our joy.
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