The church has become more and more an organization run by professionals. We have professional people for every detail and aspect of the ministry, and the members are just invited to watch or give some support. This attitude explains why small churches struggle and large churches seems to get more members, even though they are not new Christians, but just members from smaller churches.
7 – The Church Requires the Involvement of Every Member
I found a survey about the members of the church that is very interesting. Unfortunately I do not have the source of that survey, but in my experience I have found those characters inside the churches that I pastored.
The types and percentages of the members:
The Doers 10%
The Blockers 10%
The Cheerleaders (for the doers) 20%
The Cheerleaders (for the blockers) 20%
The Just Enjoying the Ride 20%
The Clueless 20%
As you can see, the percentage of the doers is very small. Maybe in your church or community those numbers vary a little bit, but we sure have these type of members.
The apostle Paul when he talks about the church, emphasizes the importance of every member’s involvement. He normally uses the body as an illustration for the church. Here are some texts that help us to understand this theme: “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16.” Here Paul is telling us that EVERY MEMBER is an important part in the development of the body (the church), and everyone doing his/her part will make the whole body grow.
Another text is this one: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1Corinthians 12:7.” Paul in all these texts where he mentions the body, also mentions the spiritual gifts. In this specific text, he is telling the church in Corinth that the Spirit gave gifts, tools, to every member so they can be used inside the body, for the common good. In another text Paul will write this: “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5.” Here, again, he compares the Christians with members of the body, so we not only are connected and helping each other, but we belong to one another.
If you are a member of a church, you must find your spiritual gift and start to use it to help your brothers and sisters to grow in their Christian life. Professional ministers and workers are a good to help us to connect and find our place in the body, but the ministry will be done through all of us, without exception.
So, get out of the pew or chair, and get involved in the life of your local church.
Have a blessed week,