With an increasing emphasis on the value of one’s work outside of the local church, many pastors are left wondering if their work inside the local church is now less significant.
My response is, “absolutely not!” In fact, I believe the role of the pastor is becoming more influential and more important than ever before.
Ephesians 4:11-13 expands the pastor’s role by instructing God’s representatives to equip the saints for the work of ministry. The word “works” in this passage is the Greek word ergon, which can mean business, employment, task, product developed or anything accomplished by hand, art, or industry.
Part of the pastoral job description then, is to help God’s people find the right job and to do it with excellence as unto the Lord to benefit the common good and for human flourishing. Work has intrinsic value. The local church is the most effective place for reaching and equipping everyday believers in all parts of their life.
Faith, work and vocation is not just another good idea or a program, but a biblical mission intrinsic to God’s greater plans and purposes.
Helen M. Mitchell is bringing strategies, wisdom and experience into the local church to effectively establish and maintain faith, work and vocation ministry efforts.
She is coming alongside pastors to understand and launch faith, work and economics within the culture and context of their own church and to effectively disciple marketplace believers.
This is not a matter of adding a new program or embracing theology but managing a strategic organizational change in the local church. For what has taken churches years to develop is now being accomplished in a matter of months.