In writing to the Church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul states clearly that the vocation of every pastor is to equip believers for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). For many years I focused my attention on the structures and processes churches need to manage volunteer ministry. Out of that experience, I’ve come to understand that there is a need that supercedes that of good organization. What must be cultivated within the body of Christ is the deep love for Jesus that elicits a passion to follow His example of sacrifical service (John 13:15). I believe this is the key to successfully equipping the saints for ministry!
My desire as a pastor and an equipper is to encourage believers–and those who lead them–to cultivate this passion through attention to God’s written word and prayer, putting what’s learned into practice following the example of Christ Jesus. I invite you to join me in the adventure!