Christ calls His Bride the church and also the Body of Christ. We are one but many members that function as a community for the purpose of Christ and the Gospel. Is your church functioning as a body of members or is there a lot of seat warmers? The local church today believes it is functioning as it should be by sending money to missions, hiring pastors to teach and lead everything, and going to church every Sunday or even anytime the door it opened. Is that what being a church/body of Christ is all about?
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Cor 12:27 (ESV)
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 (ESV)
What did Jesus want the church to do? He asked us to spread the Gospel. He commands us to go and make disciples who will then make disciples as they grow in Christ. The Body of Christ is the main tool to create functionality to spread the Gospel and create disciples. The issue is we believe that it is the Pastor’s job to teach and preach to “feed” the body and get people saved. So we spend a lot of time listening in the service, worshiping God, and then living life. Where is the leadership?
I am speaking about you, the member of the body who may not be pastor or elder in the church. How are you creating disciples? How are you functioning with in the local church community? You do not need to be a pastor, a missionary, or have a Bible degree to lead studies, help in your youth group, or even mentor another Christian (new or old). You could join the mission board, financial board, teach a Sunday school class (maybe as a substitute), join/help in a seminar, usher, help clean the church, join one of the supported ministries, volunteer at a local non-profit, and many other options. I would encourage you to speak to your pastor or Elder about options within your church.
This does not mean you have to do it 365 days of the year. Some churches have Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. The church is so much more than just going to service or tithing. Your money can help, but your local church should be active. By the way it does not matter how old you are. Whether you are a young person or an older member. Anyone can find a way to function in the body. You make the time and effort to be apart of the BODY. My big question for you and your church is how are you as a church community reaching your local community? It does start with you stepping it up, but does your church need to step it up?