I have a friend who shared recently that she is trying to find the right place in her church to share her God-given design for ministry. It was a bit strange hearing this from her. When we met five years or so ago, she was an up and coming staff member at her church and a catalyst for integrating equipping values into the church culture. Last year she moved to another church, leaving the church staff role. The last thing I would have expected was this difficulty in finding a place to serve in her new church. My friend went on to say that her new church is very programmatic and staff driven, making it hard to work in as a volunteer…leading her to this conclusion:
“… in my experience, equipping ministry is wasted on most large churches and has the most potential in small churches, where you are still expected and can do the one-on-one ministry focus.”
To be honest, her comment stopped me dead in my tracks. Is she right? I wondered. I’ve been pondering this for several days and I think it merits some conversation. I have some thoughts…but, frankly, I’m more interested in yours.
So…what do you think? Is equipping ministry wasted in large churches? Is it more applicable in smaller congregations? Why? What led you to your conclusion?
I admit that this is not a particularly critical issue–at least not on first pass. However, I think we can learn something from one another, no matter which side of the church-size fence we are on. If nothing else, we might learn that the grass really isn’t any greener on the other side!