Why Ministering Is not Serving
Probably the number one strategy that churches and pastors employ is getting people as involved as possible in the church, as quickly as possible.
Of course, there is a need in the church for people to serve to be able to function effectively and efficiently. However, as a strategy for the people, it is a failed strategy. In fact every religion has people that serve in it. They are not believers and yet they are actively serving. And once again, there is a great need to develop the concept of community among the believers in the church. But as a strategy for church growth or to grow the believers, this strategy fails every time. The reason is, it’s the exact opposite of what we as leaders and preachers, teachers, missionaries, church planters what we are called to do. We are called in Ephesians 4:11-12 to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry.
Now ministry is not serving. Serving is not the same as ministry. If you study this, and you look up the verses in your Bible and you will find every time ministry is described it always contains these elements: It contains someone who has the Word of God and is transferring it in some way to someone else. But that is not the same as ministering, when someone has the Word of God and they are transferring it to someone else, they are serving but they are serving by ministering.
So, if we will do what the Word of God says we will see disciples multiply because we don’t just get them busy in the Church, we get them effectively working with the Word of God with someone else and that produces solid church growth.
This is not a new plan, it is the original plan.
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