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Ephesians 4:11-12
And He
gave some to be Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists and some
Pastors and Teachers for the EQUIPPING of the saints for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ. (NKJV)
THE duty of the five told ministry offices
is to equip the saints for them to do the work of the ministry. Equipping is
different from TEACHING. Teaching means instructing, equipping means giving
them opportunity to practice what you instructed them in.
EQUIPPING therefore involves three
steps. First of all, you teach them. After that you do for them to see. The
next step is for them to do for you to see. An effective leader therefore is
one who gradually works himself out of the scene. In other words, he is always
training people to take his place.
The five told ministry offices of
Apostle, prophets, evangelist, pastors, teachers are not supposed to perform
for saints to watch. They are supposed to train them to be doing what they are
doing. In the early church seven deacons were chosen to serve tables (Acts
6:5-6). Later on these people were doing what the Apostles were doing (Acts
6:8-10, Acts 8:4-8). That is a sign of growth. What we see in the Church these
days is ENCAMPING not equipping. Our church buildings have become human
warehouses instead of becoming a boot camp for the equipping and release of the
saints for the work of the ministry. We are content to have people who have
been church members and pew warmers for ten years and more who don’t have a
passion for the work of the ministry. This is a wrong picture. The church
should help each member to be fully functional. That is the only way to build
the body.
THE work of the Apostle is not to
perform for the people to watch, but to impart a burden and passion for kingdom
expansion. The work of the prophet is not to hear God for the people but to
equip them to hear God for themselves. The work of the evangelist is to impart
a passion for souls. The work of the pastor is to teach the saints to care for
one another. And the work of the teacher is to provoke in the saints a thirst
for knowledge.
If your followers cannot do what you
are doing, it means you are ENCAMPING them not equipping them. If your
followers must always come to you, you are not helping them. Help them
establish a personal relationship with the Lord. After that help them to find
their unique place in the Body. After that release them into the work of the
Man of God, are you just ENCAMPING
people or you are equipping them?

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