How often do we wonder why the church isn’t growing? Why the church isn’t meeting the need of xyz? Why Sunday mornings seem to grow stale or fall into a routine? More often than not, we turn to the church leaders for answers, but what if the answers are found in the congregation rather than the pastor?

Mike Breen provides insight into this problem in his book Building a Discipling Culture:

“While the Bible clearly defines roles within the Church, the mission of the Church was intended to be shared by the whole body. A healthy church builds a discipling culture and equips all members to participate in the missional work to which God has called them.”

So what does this mean? This means that while there are certain leadership roles that God has called specific people to fill, our job as the body of the Church is not to simply fill the seats on Sunday morning. This means that our role is not to be a passive listener on any given Sunday but to fulfill the personal calling God has given to each of us.

Because we were all created in a unique way, that calling shows itself differently in each person. If we had all been called to start a church, there would be no one to help maintain those churches that are built. That doesn’t lessen the fact that He has called us to action. There is a need in the Church and community that you are specifically made for and needed.

With that in mind, ask God to reveal where you are needed: become a prayer warrior, greet those new to the area or in church, invite your neighbors and those you meet to join you on Sunday, open the conversation up and allow Christ to work and shine through you.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” -Ephesians 4:15-16