Equipping the Saints
A common misconception in modern Christianity is that pastors and teachers exist to do ministry, while church members merely exist to be ministered to. But this isn’t God’s plan for the church. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that God
gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.
In others words, pastors and teachers don’t just exist to do ministry. They exist to equip the entire body of Christ to do ministry. The biblical vision of the church is not of a few highly trained professional ministers doing all the work. Rather, it is that of pastors and teachers equipping every member to discover and use their spiritual gifts for the common good of the body of Christ and the forward movement of the gospel.
In light of these verses, the pastors of Fellowship Louisville see our primary role as equipping of the church body to worship God rightly, to use their spiritual gifts in the context of community, and to reach out with the gospel.