Ephesians 4:11–12 teaches that pastors and teachers are to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ." If a church wants to create a multiplying movement in their community, they need to equip their members to be disciple-makers and partners in ministry, not consumers. A pastor’s primary responsibility is not to do the entire ministry. Those in pastoral ministry are there to equip others for ministry that builds up the body of Christ.
This is something that has driven us since day one at Church Community Builder. We believe that this call to equip the saints should drive how churches are led and managed. As an organization dedicated to guiding and supporting the local church, everything we do is centered on how we can help church leaders fulfill the calling of Ephesians 4.
- Our software was designed to support Ephesians 4 from the very beginning. While we’re constantly looking for ways to help church leaders equip the saints, we haven't tried to modify our technology to fit that model after the fact. Church Community Builder has always been about providing technology that is centralized to eliminate silos and distributive so leaders have what they need to take action.
- Our Coaching Team and coaching process is focused on helping church leaders implement. We’re just as passionate about helping church leaders figure out how to equip church members to be the ministry as we are providing them technology that supports it. Our coaches have the first-hand experience needed to help you make the most of your people, processes, and systems.
- Our Support Team knows the challenges that come with implementing the Ephesians 4 ministry model. Once you start using technology to equip the saints for ministry, there will be growing pains. Our support team knows our software well so that they can help you solve any issues. More importantly, most of them were on staff in a church before joining our team. They truly know your world and how to best guide you to a more decentralized approach to ministry.
- Our Tribes are designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning for church leaders who seek to be more effective at equipping the saints. The reason most churches haven’t figured out how to equip the saints for ministry is because no one ever taught them how to do it. We’ve seen the value in bringing church leaders who are striving to equip the saints together to learn from practical experience. The relational, peer-to-peer nature of a Tribe makes it easier for church leaders to actually implement an Ephesians 4 model in their specific area of ministry.
These aren’t mutually exclusive silos. They all work together. From the beginning, our goal has been to create an ecosystem of tools and services for church leaders as they look to equip the saints for ministry and reach their community with the Gospel.
How is your church doing when it comes to equipping the saints for ministry? What advice would you give to other church leaders who are trying to transition their churches to become an Ephesians 4 type of church?