Priesthood of all believers: the unfinished business of the Reformation
Bill Easum describes the environment created in a healthy church as a process where people are changed, gifted, called, equipped and sent.
People who enter the community are changed by an experience of the living God. With millennials, you get one chance--if they don’t experience God in worship, they won’t return (and recent studies report most people have not experienced God in worship in their church in the last year).
Then, as people seek a deeper spiritual journey, the church helps them discern how they are gifted.
The purpose and life to which we are called is nested in our gifts. Prayer and meditation about our gifts will help us define our calling.
Once we begin to get clear about our call, we are ready to be equipped. That fact that I might feel called to be a Christian counselor does not mean I will excel without some equipping and practice.
Once people are equipped, they are sent out into the world to serve others as the body of Christ.
How do you as a church leader answer these questions:
How clear are you about your gifts and calling?
Do you feel equipped to live out your calling? If not, what equipping do you need?
How effectively are we the leaders equipping our people for service?
How do the gifts, experiences, skills, values and passions of the people in your missional community help define your missional calling as a group?