The Work & Reward Of Equipping

photo 5Last night at our weekly youth experience was one of the most rewarding moments in ministry we can remember in a long time as we got to watch our leaders and student leaders leading almost every part of the night! From set-up, to the games, to the cafe, to the guest lounge, to worship, to the message – they were all using their unique gifts for the glory of God! Our freshly turned 18-year-old leader & intern “Marvin Jr,” shared a powerful message on “In Search of a Real Dad,” and many students who have suffered from the pain of divorce, rejection & abuse from their earthly fathers found healing & restoration as they encountered the love of their Heavenly Father!

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Last nights youth experience reminded us of the following scripture…

“Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12

At the end of the day, our job as a pastors is not to plan the greatest event, draw the largest crowd or even speak the most powerful message, as awesome as those things are – it’s to equip Christ’s people to fulfill their God-given destinies! To be perfectly honest, equipping people requires a whole lot more work than doing everything ourselves. It requires much patience & it requires creating a culture where it’s ok to fail as people will make many, many mistakes! It requires much time spent teaching young communicators like “Marvin Jr” how to prepare a message & many late nights teaching young worship teams how to transition between songs & sing harmonies. However, the reward is so worth it as you will not only create an army of effective leaders, but you get to play a huge part in launching God’s people into their destiny – doing the work of Jesus Christ!

IMG_1734Every Joshua needs a Moses, every Timothy needs a Paul & every Peter needs a Jesus.  We don’t use people to build our ministry, but use the ministry to build His people!

 

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