In its foundational statement about the church and her unity, Ephesians 4:11-12 says that leadership has been given “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” Our pastors and teachers are important, but it is the saints, that is, all the members of the church, from children to seniors, that do the work that accomplishes God’s purposes. The pastors are here to equip us to do ministry.
Part of this equipping is helping members to be about the kind of spiritual work that accomplishes what Christ told us to do: make disciples. We pastors want to enable our members for this work of “building up the body of Christ” (v12). Sometimes we can fill up our time with good and enjoyable activities, even church activities, but they do not accomplish this goal, which makes us over-extended and unavailable for the exciting work God has for us. The pastoral staff and session will be helping us to focus our efforts on the goal of bringing all to maturity, “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (v13).
Our equipped members will also not feel overwhelmed by situations in other peoples’ lives, because we are steadily learning how the Holy Scripture applies, and how the Holy Spirit works, in every situation we may encounter. We will be ready for the “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
We are excited to see the powerful people God is making here!