“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,”
First I want to thank all of you who participated in our special meeting in February. We worked our way through a lot of items, and had good discussions and suggestions. It would be naïve to think that in all things we would be unanimous, but I hope than everyone felt that their opinion was heard and appreciated.
I know we spent a lot of time talking about buildings, property, and monetary gifts. Those are all important to our ministry here, and I’m so very thankful for all those who have supported this congregation with their gifts, as well as grateful to those who spent so many hours considering language about funds, particulars about property, and dreams for what we could do in the future.
At the same time I’m always concerned that we don’t think only in terms of buildings, budgets and property when we consider our ministry. Each one of us has been equipped by the Spirit with gifts for ministry, right here and now. We don’t need to wait for funds to be raised, or more space to be created. What makes ministry happen is the courage, energy, patience, love and compassion of God’s people in their day to day lives.
It doesn’t matter what your gift is. You might be good at teaching or construction, baking or leading Bible study, leading children’s games or planning budgets. Whatever you gift and interest is, bring it with you to the community of faith. We need all people and all their gifts. More than anything, we need each other in the body of Christ. When we gather for fellowship, worship, service, learning or whatever the occasion, Jesus promises to be in our midst, and the love he brings can bring joy, comfort, hope and meaning.
The matters of resolutions, investments, and eventual facilities are still important, but let’s be concerned with being the church all the while.