In my pastoral ministry, I hope to be effective at bearing fruit in God’s kingdom. I believe that one of the ways that I can be part of God’s work is to be excellent at equipping people.
There are some things that I can do, say or ways that I can be that can bear fruit in God’s kingdom. As a United Methodist Elder, there are things that are distinctively my role – word, order, sacrament and service. While there are things that I can do, I believe that it is more important for me to be about equipping other people for God’s work.
Sometimes I hesitate to equip others because there are times when it is faster and easier to just do something myself. It is far more important that I be about helping people live out the gifts that they have as part of the community. Equipping others is one of my most important roles as a pastor.
What do you do to equip others? What are effective ways of calling out God’s gifts in others?