In order for a local church to grow, three questions must be asked and answered. If we are to be the people God wants us to be, these questions must first be addressed by those God has called to “equip” the local saints: pastors and evangelists (Eph. 4:11). These leaders have the mission of helping the church take ownership of these goals, by the “training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12, HCSB). So what are these critical questions?
Who Are We?
If a local group of Christians does not understand who they are, they cannot be what God desires of them. Some groups of Christians exist so that the Christians living in that area can have a place to worship. Others see themselves as part of the “Church of Christ,” and though not necessarily conscious of it, think and act as a denomination. Unless a local church first knows who they are, they will not be able to fulfill the mission God has for them. We are representatives of Jesus; ambassadors, if you will.