Equipping the Saints
“And He Himself gave some to be….pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
Whenever I meet someone for the first time, whether on the golf course or in another social setting, this question usually comes up: “So what type of work do you do?” That’s a very good question. When I answer “Pastor”, that usually suffices. For many people in our culture today, they would have no idea what a pastor does. Even some church people may not know either.
If you asked the average person what a pastor does, the first thing that may pop in their head is that a pastor is supposed to preach. While that is the primary function of a pastor requiring the bulk of the time in study, preparation, and prayer, it is only part of what a pastor is supposed to do.
Fortunately for us, Paul wrote a brief job description for pastors in the book of Ephesians. He is writing to the church to help them understand what it means to be a church member and to help them follow the lead of their young pastor Timothy, Paul’s protégé. Paul uses the metaphor of the body to help everyone understand the importance of functioning together in unity. Everyone has a role.
Paul tells the church that Christ Himself has giving each church some to be “pastors and teachers.” These gifted pastors and teachers are then to equip the church members “for the work of the ministry” and “for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The NLT translates it this way: “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” That’s it. That is the job description of the pastor and teacher: to equip you so you can do ministry work and build His church.
At RoS, we have many gifted pastors and teachers. We are committed to helping people grow in their faith. We want to provide opportunities for this type of equipping and edifying to take place. At RoS, there are three primary ways this occurs. First is through the preaching and teaching of God’s word. Second is through our long term small group ministry each Sunday morning called “Life Groups”. The third way is our mid week service on Wednesday night.
Beginning this September, we are offering short term small group discipleship courses called “Equip Groups.” These courses are designed to help not just to gain knowledge and information, but to help you apply this knowledge to your everyday life. The goals of each Equip Group are to establish you in your faith, to help you grow in your faith, and to equip you to reproduce what you learn to benefit others.
We hope you will learn more about the Equip Groups being offered and sign up for a course. We want to offer you these courses so you can be equipped. Your job will be to take these tools and use them in serving others and building up the church.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor,