Originally Posted August 28, 2014 By Pastor Adam
There seems to be a common misconception going around in churches today, and to be quite honest, it’s a little concerning to me. It is not a heresy, or moral failures, or a denial of the word of God (even though these issues do seem to persist in some circles). The issue that needs addressing happens in true, Bible-believing churches today. It is the misunderstanding of the role of the congregation.
In many instances, the pastor is the one who seems to do everything–the preaching and teaching, leading prayer ministries and groups, makes sure the lawn is cut and the lights are all turned off at the end of the day, visiting people, and the list could go on and on and on. But, as I’m writing this blog post, I’m reminded how wrong this mentality in our churches is. When I read through the Scriptures, we see illustrations of the entire community serving one another and giving glory to God while doing so. But in our 21st century way of doing things (and I believe that it extends much further back), we’ve seemed to have lost this notion of the community worshipping, serving, praying, and glorifying God together with each person participating as the Holy Spirit has gifted him/her.
I want to challenge your thinking in this. Is the pastor’s prayers any better than yours? Is the pastor more spiritual than you are? Can you minister to someone who is hurting, needs comfort or prayer, lead people to Christ by sharing with them? I’m here, as a pastor, to say that Yes You Can. But not only that, if you’re not, you’re missing out on what the church really should be.
At Circle Drive Alliance Church, this is where we are going–not because it’s less work for the pastor (it’s not–in fact, it makes life much more hectic), but because it is Biblical. Some might not like it or understand it, and that’s okay. All I ask is that you pray and ask God to show you from Scripture where the entire body serving is Biblical. Once He’s done that, pray about how He’d have you serve for His glory and honor.
I look forward to serving with you and seeing God glorified through His Church.