That is bad news in a doctor’s appointment but for many churches, if half the members were involved in ministry it would be a miracle.
The church is a body and bodies are made to work. They are made to move and function in an integrated and self-dependent way. Bodies are autonomous to others bodes but they are not internally autonomous. They require coordination and mutual exertion by the other members to operate optimally.
They say the magic number is 20%. If 20% of the church “gets it” you can change the entire congregational culture and momentum. 20% is sufficient but 100% is the ideal.
The only way this happens is by creating high expectations. Communicate that people must be involved and how to get involved. Create a non-organized-ministry-based culture where people aren’t waiting on a ministry to offer them an involvement slot, rather, they are going out into the world to involve themselves in whoever or whatever they encounter in the name of Jesus.
Let’s not be church bodies with hearts half dead. Let’s be church bodies that are fully alive.