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10 Reasons #4 - Most believers consider themselves inadequately trained, or ungifted.

August 13 2015 By
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Let’s discuss the typical modern church congregation and the role of the pastors and teachers. We’ll refer to Ephesians 4:11-16 as our biblical reference.

Church leaders typically are perceived to be trained but don't feel they have the necessary time to devote to the all the members of the congregation. Understandably church leadership is very busy.

The people in the church congregation typically have more time although we all tend to be busy, but most believers that are not in leadership positions don't feel like they are adequately trained to spiritually mentor somebody.

So who is going to spiritually mentor / parent the new believers? The people that don't have the time or the people that feel they are not adequately equipped? Who is going to take responsibility for new believers?

Or, is there a third category? Or are most churches a two tiered system, those that don't have the time and those that feel they don't know (how to disciple)?

Typical Church Congregation
We can use the analogy of an electrician. If apprentice electricians sat in a class for a year and learned all the things electricians need to know, had notebooks full of notes and then were sent out into the field and were told, "You have been studying the books for one year, and learned everything correctly, now go do the work," would that trainer be successful in having equipped the students?

Or is equipping not only teaching but also taking the "students" out in the field making sure they do the right things, helping them to not just learn academically but also practically apply what they have learned?

Is the classroom setting enough or does it go deeper than that?

It’s easy for the trainer to get fixated on training and how they trained and forget about the effectiveness of the people that are being trained.

A trainer can get so content with the beautiful way that they are doing the training that they forget that the end result is for the people that are being trained to be functioning.

How many churches are being filled by people that are being trained indefinitely? The key that we need to understand is that it's easy to focus on how God is using me (as a trainer) when we should be focusing on how God is using the people that He is touching through me.

And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.”                      Ephesians 4:11-16

Ephesians 4:11-16 lists apostles and prophets, evangelists and pastors and teachers - what is their goal? It is to equip the Saints. For what? To do the work.

If you were hired by a company and your job was to train people to do the work of the company, how would your supervisors determine if you were a good trainer? What specifically would they look at? They would look at how the people under you are functioning.

So, here are employees that you are to equip. Your success would be determined by how effective your employees are functioning. How long would you as a trainer remain employed if you were hired to train people and they were not functioning properly?

The goal of the trainer is not just to train. The goal of the trainer is to equip so that they that are being trained are functioning. If they are not functioning, you get fired. Every single company that is a success has to operate this way. You can't be spending money on a trainer that is supposed to be equipping people to do the work of the company and not have the people functioning effectively for the company.

In the spiritual realm the pastors / teachers are to equip the Saints for the work. But if the Saints don't know how to do the work, is that not a reflection on the trainer? We would say yes. In a company you would be fired.

Some questions to ponder:

- Should it not be the goal of the leaders to see that the typical member of the congregation is equipped and functioning as a reproductive follower of Christ?


- In what capacity should the individual believers be functioning?

- How are we to measure if the saints have been successfully “equipped”?

- Can we claim success if spiritual reproduction is not an end result?

- Should not “personal discipleship” (spiritual reproduction) be the “norm”, rather than the exception?

- Should we not expect every believer to be in the process of being discipled, or to be actively involved in the spiritual growth of other believers?

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