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?