Only 3% of believers are called to “Vocational Ministry,” while 97% of Christians who are called to ministry go about their day-to-day lives at work, at home, and school. It is our goal to build and train up a group of Christians that will accept their assignment and operate as Marketplace Ministers.
The Problem - 97% of the Church Don't Do Ministry
The church was always meant to be a place of spiritual learning where the people of God receive training and are eventually allowed and expected to fulfill their personal ministries in the marketplace and through various so-called “secular” activities (Ephesians 4:11-12.)
Somewhere along the way, we adopted an ineffective plan, which places ministry in the hand of a singular man (Pastor.)
The “Pastor,” along with a staff of “spiritual specialists,” is then expected to be the teacher, encourager, counselor, and soul winner. At the same time, the “saints” play a sterile supporting role by faithfully offering their time, talent, and treasure to various programs outlined by church leadership.
The church must confront the need for change or risk the continuation of irrelevancy and ineffectiveness. Our modern approach to ministry is narrow and unscriptural. We change, or we die. We proceed, or the light that we have becomes darkness.
The Solution – The Church Must Embrace New Paradigms
Currently, the church looks more like a Luxury Liner than an Aircraft Carrier designed to equip and commission an army.
A Luxury Liner is where people go to relax, eat a lot of food, be entertained, and shop. An Aircraft Carrier, however, is a sea-based warship. It is a launching pad to equip, deploy, and take new territories. The church must embrace the call of responsibility.
The Church should not be a place of relaxation but an equipping center that teaches how to war effectively (Matthew 11:12; Ephesians 6:11-12 NKJV.)
In short, the church was to become a school (kindergarten, grade school, high school, college, and graduate school.) While the “five-fold” ministry serves as teacher and professors imparting the spiritual education necessary so that every believer becomes part of the great army called the Ministry of the Saints.