Training Ordinary Christians 2 Do Ministry! (A Pastor’s Job)

Perhaps a pastor/minister’s job is not to focus people’s attention on himself, on his plans, or on his performance; but instead to focus people’s attention on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

–John the Baptist put it this way: “He (Jesus) must increase but I must decrease.”

He must increase

Paul of Tarsus taught that a minister’s job is to train ordinary Christians to do “the work of the ministry.”

“And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ,” –Ephesians 4:11-12

In other words, a minister should work himself out of a job by training, empowering, and releasing others to do the ministry.  It works like this:

equiping the saints

Can you imagine a church meeting where everybody present is able and willing to teach and minister to one another as the Spirit leads them?  There is such a meeting in Nashville, Tennesse every Sunday morning at 10:45 am. at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207.  Come see!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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