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Each member of a church congregation should, under the leadership's direction, be actively involved in the effective ministry and outreach of their church, both to develop their own character and ability but also so the burden doesn’t fall on a few.  It is not the pastor’s job to do everything but rather to

Am I doing my part?

challenge and equip the church members for works of service (Eph 4:11,12). As each person finds their position and does their part the whole functions properly (1 Cor 12:12-27; Eph 4:16). Obviously, some are able to participate and contribute more than others yet each has a role to play.

There should be support and cohesion within the local body of believers – the family of God, because of the commonality in Christ. Love with purity is to be a hallmark of our partnership in the faith (Jn 13:35; Eph 5:3; 1 Tim 5:1,2; 1 Jn 4:21). From this solid base of numerous godly folk, a meaningful influence for good into the surrounding community can be outworked. A church, just like us as individuals, should be outward focused, sharing the love and nature of Christ to those in our world.

See also: body of Christ, church, fellowship, pastor/minister.