Saturday, May 25, 2013
It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:11-13
The Methodist church as a whole contains a unique foundation of lay leadership. John Wesley believed that nearly every member of the church had some share in the ministry of the congregation according to their gifts. Wesley’s leadership system allowed the natural ability of every member of the body of Christ to rise to his or her highest potential. Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, they were FULLY DEVOTED to lead in whatever capacity God intended for them just as it was experienced by believers in the early church.