Disciples making disciples
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.