The mission of the church, to go into all the world to every person with the gospel of Christ (Mark 16: 15-16) is an enormous task. The world’s population is now in excess of seven billion, and millions die each month without ever hearing the message of salvation. Why is the church failing in this work? Maybe it is because we are not equipped for such a task.
It is the duty of the whole church, beginning with the leadership, to promote church growth by “equipping the saints”. When the apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Ephesus, he said, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of faith, and knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 11-13).
Every Christian should be involved in a “work of ministry” that will strengthen, edify and cause growth of the church. Work of ministry refers to any activity (work) selected by individual Christians as a means of teaching the gospel to others. Each Christian functions differently. We each have different strengths, abilities and opportunities, and if we are actively involved in our chosen work area, the church will be strengthened and will grow.
By: Jerry L. Jacques