Our Members Engage In Ministry Service
“I do not know why they do it that way, I think they should…”
Here is a description of how “church” works in a lot of places: The church staff is expected to do all the work of the ministry while the congregants all get to show up and act as critics. The problem with this model is that it is unbiblical (and little real work will ever get done). 1Corinthians 12:27 tells us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” And also in verse 18 of the same chapter, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him”.
Considering that God has made us to be, and calls us to be the differing members of a body allows us to have a right perspective of how the church should operate. Just like our physical bodies must have all its members (body parts) functioning as they are designed to function in order for the body to work right, the local church must have all its members functioning as they are gifted to function. 1 Corinthians 12:7 tells us that every believer is gifted to profit the rest of the body.
This means that you have been gifted by God (1 Corinthians 12:7) and placed in this local church (1 Corinthians 12:18) in order for you to serve God and be a part of furthering His kingdom through service to the church (1 Corinthians 12:7). We greatly encourage this at Midtown. This principle “Our members Engage in Ministry Service” is one way we help keep a biblical perspective on the way the local church should function. You will find great fulfillment in joining us by using the gifts God has given you. You are not only invited to jump in and get busy, but we say that you are Biblically instructed to do so. It will be challenging, but good.
We function in teams, so after prayerfully considering how God has gifted you, seek out the team leader in that area to in ministry and see how you can get started in the ministry of MBT. Be patient though, even though you are gifted, nobody gets to start out as team leader. It may take some time for you to get used to the way the team works.
There is no "they" or “them” only “us” - each must take responsibility for the needs of the church. We are not a church that separates membership and staff. Leaders will draft for, encourage, train and focus members.