Your Church Contribution?

So after reading some blog stuff, following some Twits, and generally taking the pulse of the universe in my spare time, I’ve been prompted to ask a question, which, of course, in true blogging fashion, I won’t get to until the very end of this post.

When assessing the current “state of the Church” in the world, we often point to the success or failure of her leaders, namely, her Pastors. And while I will be the first one to endorse healthy, visionary, vibrant, mature, pastors for the success of any local church, I think we’ve misplaced a lot of the pressure. There are, of course, four other Biblical seats of office in any local church, which we could put pressure on (but most of those people are operating as pastors because we just don’t pay prophets or teachers the same way we do a pastor…something I hope this generation remedies). But even those four seats aren’t where I’m headed.

If the Church is made up of people, and all the leadership is to equip the saints for works of service, I’m wondering if all our “church development” and her inevitable success falls on our shoulders. The people who make up the church. If she is growing, which I wholeheartedly believe she is, and I’m a part of Her corporately, then I want to make sure I’m a part of the building process, regardless of my title or position.

So with that being said, let me ask a question that might be rather hard to have you post a comment about without sounding proud (or shamed). So consider it a comment-free query, a rhetorical blogging question…

Q: What have you done to advance the success of the Church this week?

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  • My guitar playing friend is going to be the worship leader at a church that’s starting up in Geneva (NY) I think I’ll be playing with him still. That’s starting this week.

  • Ron Porter

    That’s an awesome question Christopher, and I know you asked it rhetorically, but I’d like to give a rhetorical answer in the form of a slightly less rhetorical question, what makes the Church successful in the eyes of the Lord?

    I’m guessing the answer may be: Get Results, in the form of the Harvest, using all of your talents, abilities and spheres of influence and teach as many people how to do what you’re doing to get those results along the way.

  • Several comments?

    (but most of those people are operating as pastors because we just don’t pay prophets or teachers the same way we do a pastor…something I hope this generation remedies).

    Remedy by not paying pastors so? Or by starting to pay the others?

    I want to make sure I’m a part of the building process, regardless of my title or position.

    Amen! I would add, “or without title or position.”

    What have you done to advance the success of the Church this week?

    Ssssh…it’s a secret.