Most congregations (that can afford two ministers) usually have a pulpit minister and a youth minister. I have been both. I enjoyed 30 years of full time pulpit work and about 5 years of part-time pulpit ministry. I have also done youth work. I mention this so no one misunderstands what I’m about to share.
I have also done “Involvement Ministry” for 9 years and I am convinced that it is just as important as pulpit and youth ministry. Why would I say such a thing?
For the following reasons. Involvement Ministry (IM done well) is important to a local church because
It helps members discover how God has designed them for service. It intentionally seeks to inform members of their spiritual gifts, passions and other things that show members how God has designed them for service as individuals. Who is going to do this? For all intents and purposes, this is not being done in local churches.
It assists members in becoming fully fruitful. Sitting in a worship service or a Bible class does not make one fruitful (by merit of the sitting and listening). IM educates brethren how to bear fruit for the Lord in at least four different ways:
Authentic character, decisive living, vivid worship and courageous sharing.
It promotes proper church organization and ministry. Much emphasis is upon leadership in most churches. However, IM promotes the priesthood of believers: that is, every member is a gifted servant of the Most High God.
It allows for more ministry not less. Depending where you worship, a large majority of your congregation probably is doing more than just attending and listening. IM trains and coaches members for ministry. Opportunities to serve the church and community become more numerous when IM is done well. We can actually do more because more are serving and using their gifts. New ministries can emerge.
Most congregations have maintenance ministries that are church centered. With IM, the local church starts ministry that is evangelistic in nature and externally focused.
It gives glory to the Lord who gifted us. ‘Nuf said.
It can show a congregation direction. Many of our congregations have no future plans for numerical or spiritual growth. IM motivates the local church to plan and work with its future in mind; it sets goals.
It restores, promotes and perpetuates congregational excitement. There is seldom a dull moment in churches that have a spirit of expectation. These are churches that have weekly if not also daily baptisms and new members coming in all the time. Members are stimulated unto love and good works. IM promotes and perpetuates excitement in the local church. Trav