Ephesians 4:11-13 reads
It was he (God) 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 the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
There are very few role descriptions in the New Testament. This is one of them. The role of Pastors is not to do the work of ministry, but to equip God's people for ministry. Why should the clergy have all the fun? Here at St. James we seek to live out this verse by serving on Ministry Teams. Each of our Ministry Teams is responsible for an area of ministry. Our Teams meet monthly, decide what to do in the ministry, and then go do it. Our staff support the work of our teams.
Many hands make light work. A Ministry Team approach helps prevent burn out among our members and helps ensure the continuity of ministry that can be interrupted when people move way or have to leave a ministry. Ministry Teams are also places of fellowship. They are also places of spiritual growth. All ministry belongs to Jesus, and as we serve in His name we grow more Christ like.
We encourage every member to serve on a team. This is one important way we seek to build up the body.