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You Know You are Pastoring a Missional Church When...

Adapted and excerpted from Matt Carter’s Orlando Boot Camp message, “Leading Your Church on Mission.

The Church Leader’s Job is to Equip People for Ministry

In Ephesians 4:11, Paul writes, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”

Think about this in context of your church. Apostles, prophets, shepherds, teachers – this is you and me, the leadership of the church. God gave us these gifts for a reason: to equip the people in our churches to do the work of the ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.

What makes the body of Christ grow?

In Ephesians 4:16 Paul says: “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.”

This verse is especially convicting in light of the fact that we’re seeing Christianity decline in the United States. If the body of Christ in the United States is not growing, what does that say about each individual part of the body of Christ?

Each Part Working Properly, or Dead Weight?

Two years ago our church did a random survey on a Sunday of the entire church asking, “What’s your spiritual gift and how are you using it?” Less than 10% of the people knew what their spiritual gift was and how they were using it to build up the body of Christ.

We can pat ourselves on the back all day long and say, “Woohoo! Seventy-five hundred people are coming to church!” And that’s great and good, but if we’re not helping them discover how God has uniquely designed and gifted them to get into the fight, we’re not a missional church.

You Know You are Pastoring a Missional Church When Your Church is Full of Missional People.

You personally can be missional all day long, and your wife can be missional, but if you're not pastoring a church where the people sitting in the pews are living on mission themselves for God, you are not a missional church.

Listen to the rest of Matt Carter's message, and join us for another boot camp in 2011 -- the next two are in Nashville (May 26-27) and San Jose (June 3-4).