Is it okay to have a church full of sidelined Christians? Did Jesus call Christians to just sit on the sidelines? Can the church push back the gates of hell with an army of sidelined Christians who passively sit and watch the few do most of the ministry? Someone once said, if the church were an army, they would send the generals to the front lines while the rest watch safely from afar. Jesus established His church as a body of Christ where every member is an essential body part with a vital role. If everyone does their part then the body will function and accomplish all that Christ intended for His church. Ephesians 4:11–12 states, “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;” Equip means to make adequate or fit for some purpose. According to Eph 4, it is the pastors’ job to equip the saints. For what purpose are the pastors supposed to prepare the saints for? It is for the work of service. The word service is the same Greek word (διακονία) used for deacons. Every member of the local church is called to serve the local body and build it up. That is why CBC vision is for the pastors to do our job so that the saints can do their job. It is the pastor’s primary job to train, empower, and provide opportunities for the saints to do the work of the ministry.
The six words every true disciple longs to hear from our Lord Jesus Christ comes from Matthew 25:23, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave.” I can’t imagine Jesus saying to a pastor, well done, you faithfully told My sheep what they wanted to hear and let them just sit on the sidelines watching you do everything. I also can’t imagine Jesus saying to a CBCer, well done, you just sat on the sideline the whole time watching others do ministry. I said this many times, when a church is full of people who come to be served, then few will be served. However, if everyone came to serve, then everyone will be served. Answer this in your mind. In your opinion is CBC a church full of people who come to serve or who come to be served? Answer this second question too. Which one are you? I can’t speak about what happened in the past at CBC but currently anyone who wants to serve can easily serve by committing to CBC and joining one of our Small Churches. In our Small Churches, we strive for 100% participation in ministry. This is possible because Small Church is a spiritual family made up of 6-12 people where everyone plays a vital role. Outside of our VIPs, we expect every single Small Church members to serve in their Small Churches. If every single CBC member belonged to a Small Church, we would be close to 100% of our people doing the work of the ministry. We live on borrowed time so either you can use the rest of what remains to stand and serve or continue to just sit and soak until He calls you home. It’s your call. If you want to join a Small Church and get busy doing the work of ministry, please contact our office for more information.