“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Eph. 4:11-12).
Today I got to see firsthand what Paul was talking about in Ephesians 4. As the worship arts pastor, I’m usually the one up front leading the band and the congregation. But this morning a friend and little sister in Christ led me and our church in worship. Alli Leacock usually plays bass and sings harmony, but today she picked up the acoustic and led our congregation to a place of worship.
To be honest, the biggest way I’ve been able to “equip” Alli is just to get out of the way! She didn’t need much pushing from me to do something God gifted her to do, just the opportunity and a little moral support. As a leader and a pastor, I think I have a tendency to get stuck in the way and try to do everything myself. But, leading is not about always doing whatever needs done yourself. Leading is about empowering, enabling, and encouraging others to do it. And sometimes that means just getting out of the way to let an up and coming young leader lead!