Whenever we start talking about the Middle Tennessee Initiative, some of us will worry about how many people we’ll have to hire.
To be sure, we’re going to need a lot of ministers to be part of the churches, church plants, and repurposed congregations. We’ll need pastors and worship leaders, children’s and pre-school workers, discipleship ministers and student ministers, ushers and deacons and Bible teachers for all of our campuses.
This is true, but there’s no law that says all of these positions have to be full time. Most of them will be part time – at least to begin with.
Too many of us selectively use the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer. We interpret this teaching to mean that everyone has a right to their own opinion.
Well, that’s not exactly what it means, but for the purposes of this blog, let me highlight another aspect of this great Baptist doctrine.
Every believer is called to ministry. All of us, professional and lay, are called to a significant kingdom ministry.
We are called “from” our sins and called “to” our work. This means we’ll be spending significant time identifying, training and deploying our members to the ministry to which God has called them. All of us have gifts and abilities given to us by God to be used in His work.
Each gift is needed. Each gift – in the right place –will be the right way to reach a particular person with the good news of Jesus Christ. How cool is that?
God has already equipped us with all of the resources we need to fulfill the calling God has placed before us in the Middle Tennessee Initiative.
So, what’s next for you?
- Discover your gifts and talents.
- Take PLACE if you haven’t already.
- Join with a ministry and begin to practice so you’ll be ready when you find your assignment.
- Pray. . . every day and every night.
God is up to something. Let’s be sure we’re in the middle of it.