About once every six months I sit back and take stock of what I am doing in my role at LifePoint Church. It’s really easy to get pulled into doing hands on ministry activities. There’s good reason for that also. First, I love ministry. There’s lots to do at LifePoint and it’s all fun and it gives one a sense of accomplishment for Christ when great things happen. Second, there tends to be a great need in certain areas and I can jump in and fill the gap when needed. Third, over time I think all leaders in the local church have a tendancy to drift in that direction. Hands on direct involvement isn’t bad. It’s just not the role a leader should play.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 4:11-16,
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdst and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Leaders in the local church are to equip those they lead for acts of service, not do the acts of service themselves. It’s very interesting that in this passage we find evangelist as one who equips who trains who resources. We usually think of one who shares their faith a lot and people respond in great numbers. Perhaps that isn’t the gift of evangelism. Perhaps training people to share their faith is. But that’s an aside, back to the topic at hand. So what about you? What about me? If I’m leading people in the great mission of the church am I equipping and resourcing them, or am I the one doing all the work? Looking at Paul’s words, the church will never be all it can be in Christ. We as leaders need to take a step back and take stock of what we are doing in the local church. If we are involved in lots of hands on ministries and responsibilities, we need to delegate and train others to do those ministries. Without our crucial role as equippers the church will never be all it can be in Christ.
If you are a leader in your church, are you a doer or an equipper? How can you get out of the doing role and into the equipping role.
That’s this Leader’s View