Knowing Christ and making him known
All of us are disciples. All of us sit at Jesus’ feet and walk with him and learn from him. But all of us are also disciple-makers. We help each other to know and love Jesus. So in a church family, every one of us has the privilege of encouraging others to look to Jesus. And that’s ‘ministry’. We often think of ‘ministry’ as something Pastors do, but it’s a word that simply means ‘service’. And we serve one another best when we point each other to Jesus. So Paul writes: “[Christ] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” –Ephesians 4.11-12 Ministers and staff within a church are not the ‘do-ers’ of the ministry of all the saints. They are equippers. Our goal in Grace Church is that every one of us is a disciple-maker with the gifts God has uniquely given each of us (1 Corinthians 12). The church is about people. And we want to help each other grow for God’s glory.