Any of you older than 50 probably remember growing up in a church with a pastor who was expected to run the show pretty much by himself. Oh he had his faithful secretary who was older than Methuselah, everyone called her Misses M. She knew every members by name and every kid’s name.
But the pastor preached every Sunday, maybe Sunday night too and Wednesday night. He officiated every wedding and funeral. He visited all the folks in the hospital, the shut-ins, new members and the members who hadn’t been to church in awhile. He was available for premarital counseling as well as family counseling and married couples counseling. Then on top of all his ministry work we paid him for he was expected to provide for his family, be a great husband and fatherly to his preachers kids, wear a smile and be kind to everyone he meets.
Say goodbye to that preacher and his antiquated church model. Jesus is in the church planting business today with the model he started with his 12 disciples in the Upper Room on that Sunday of his resurrection. And it’s transforming peoples hearts every day.
There’s a Savior in town. He’s cultivating a church model he planted 2,000 years ago in the Upper Room with his 12 disciples on the Sunday night after his resurrection. It is an exciting and vibrant church. It doesn’t have just one pastor. in fact every member of the church is in ministry. The job of the pastor and his leadership team is to equip the membership to do the ministry and to serve each other and those with real needs.
We’ll be discovering how this Jesus model church works in at least two future posts on FHG called Spiritual Gifts and Every Member in Ministry.
You don’t want to miss these and other posts here on FHG on this transformational church Jesus is growing.1
1The inspiration for this blog post came from Chip Ingram’s book, Yes! You Really Can Change Moody Publishing, Chicago ©2003, 2021