It Takes The Entire Crew
Everyone is needed, valuable, and extremely important in the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every single person has God given gifts that are vital to The Body Of Christ. It is not just the Pastors or The Clergy that are supposed to be sharing and ministering. Every single member of the Church is a gifted minister and is supposed to be serving and sharing with others on a regular basis as led by the Holy Spirit.
First Corinthians chapter 12 makes this very clear where it says, “Now to *each one* the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” It goes on to list numerous different gifts such as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues and interpretation. Verse 11 says that, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to *each one,* just as He determines. Everyone has Spirit endowed gifts of The Spirit. Spiritual gifts are not confined or regulated to or by the recognized leadership of any church or fellowship.
Fact is that in the Church every single member is extremely valuable and needed for the Body to operate and function as Jesus intended. One part of the body cannot say to another part of the body “I don’t need you.”; “so sit down in that pew and shut up and listen.” Then verse 25 makes it very clear that there should be “No divisions in the Body.” Yet most of the modern traditional church allows for and supports the Clergy/Laity division and it is a lie straight from the pit of Hell! The church should never be divided into Leaders and followers, gifted and non-gifted, Ministers and lay people, Speakers and listeners, male and female, old and young, Performers and spectators, active and passive, Priests and non-Priests. Because every member ministry is one of the vital key messages of the New Covenant. 1 Peter makes it totally clear that in Jesus *we* are a Priesthood of EVERY and ALL believers.
For it is written, “… when you come together, *everyone* has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. *All* of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:26) If this is not happening all of the time when you gather with other followers of Christ, then you are settling for something far different and far less than The Lord ever intended or envisioned for His Body.
Every member ministry is one of my passions. I long to see the Church operating at its full potential and that only happens when *everyone* gets to share their portion whenever the church gathers together. In most congregations one person preaches while hundreds of others sit and listen passively. This is not the way of Christ. The way of Jesus is full interactive discussion and dialogue with the entire whole body participating and interacting as much as possible as the Spirit leads.