<<religious group or gathering>>

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 

 Am I doing my part?

but also so the burden doesn’t fall on a few.  It is not the pastor’s job to do everything but rather to 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. From this solid base, there should be a meaningful influence for good into the surrounding community.

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

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