“11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:11-16
Paul said that God gifted his people in various ways and that when we use those gifts we accomplish what God has set before us, the church is built up into unity and we become mature. The problem with many ministries is that we minister to people rather than equip people so they can do ministry themselves. If we spoon feed people and do everything for them we cannot expect to grow mature disciples. Leaders aren’t developed on accident. Future church leaders are being born today but are we nurturing the gifts that God has given them?
One component of our 20s & 30s ministry is the handing off of responsibility. Instead of me doing everything for them, they are asked to do ministry, take on responsibility, and engage in the mission of God. If we are going to reach this generation it is important that they see visible and obvious inroads into engaging in the mission of God in the congregation that they can readily become a part of.
Equipping people to serve in God’s mission is not some catchy tool to get people in the door. This is what God has told us to do. If we do it we will accomplish God’s will, grow in unity and become mature. If we refuse to do it then we can’t expect God to fulfill His side of the deal.