Pastor-teachers – for equipping the saints

Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; [NASB]

Facing the unique challenges of ministry in the church, a pastor, leadership and staff must understand and apply the instruction of Ephesians 4:11 and 12 or else the growth of the church will be stunted. Bill Hybels summarizes well, in this article, the importance of increasing the number of volunteers in the ministry of the church.

One of the things Hybles notes is really the beauty of the body of believers we call the church.

“As the volunteers become instruments in the hand of God, they experience a level of fulfillment they hope will never end, so they win, too. And the surrounding community wins as it is served by a unified, multi-gifted force for good.”