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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  

 Am I doing my part?

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, 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.

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