According to Ephesians 4, the pastor’s job is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” So whatever the equipping process involves, the ultimate end game is to see believers serving, doing the work of ministry. The term “ministry” simply means “serving.” When a person is serving, that person is ministering.
The resources and tools provided in this section have been developed over many years with the intent of creating a healthy environment that enhances the equipping of the saints. The goal is not to talk about equipping, or have a Bible study on equipping, the goal is to get everyone in the game. Ministry is an “all skate” experience, where everyone has a contribution to make. As people grow in spiritual maturity, their ability to lead and manage ministries is enhanced as the Bible speaks of the process of “faithful in little, faithful in much.” As believers prove themselves faithful, available and teachable in entry level ministry responsibilities, this gives greater confidence in their ability to handle bigger ministry assignments.
Strong ministry run by immature believers will ultimately struggle and fail over time. So it becomes an important investment in time and resources to lead people to be lifelong learners, who continue to grow to maturity in Christ.
Our goal is to lead people to develop Godly character while also developing ministry skills. David spoke of this dual focus in Psalms 78:72, “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”