Have you ever heard it said of a church, “it just wasn’t meeting my needs…”? I have. It’s been said to me by someone leaving a church I was the pastor.
While the pastor and leadership of a church should be servants, there is a problem with the above statement. The church does not exist to meet the needs of a person. That is a self-focused, consumeristic mind-set. The church exists to fulfill Christ’s mission to seek and to save the lost. The job description of church leadership is found in Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…
In our strategy to fulfill our mission at Capital City church, we lead every person to find their place in God’s Kingdom and LIVE OUT their purpose in Christ. Every pastor, every leader, every volunteer, every person has a place to serve, something to offer the whole.
The process we use starts very simply, we ask questions:
- What interests you?
- What are you good at?
- What are you not interested in?
Once an area is chosen to try out the process follows an age old way of training:
- You watch me
- We work together
- I watch you
- You do
If along the way, it is obvious that a person is not the right fit in an area for any reason, or they simply don’t enjoy it, we will work through why that is and fix it or move them on to the area.
It is vital that each person contributes to the body of Christ. That is what Paul was talking about when He wrote 1 Corinthians 12 when he compared the church to a human body. Each part must function in order for the whole to be healthy. If any one is not doing their part, the whole suffers.
We are only truly whole as each person says “yes” to Live Out their life in service to Christ.