What does that mean exactly? Equipping ministers isn’t something you hear about at school, or at the grocery store, and likely not in the workplace. Equippingmay be relatable enough. Webster’s defines equip as “to furnish for service or action; to prepare.” Ok, that makes sense. But what about this ministerbusiness? Isn’t that the pastor’s job? Well, yes, and no. We are ALL called to be ministers in one way or another – to care for others, give service to each other, aid one another. And we go about doing that in myriad ways – being worship servers on Sunday mornings, teaching Sunday school or leading Bible studies, singing in the choir, serving meals at First English and the Y-Center, building Habitat for Humanity homes, making quilts and kits for people around the world, sending greeting cards to members, serving on Church council, baking treats for Sunday hospitality, contributing financially to the church’s mission, counting the offering, or tending the church property. The list goes on and on. Putting the two terms together, the concept of a Director of Equipping Ministers, is a person whose job is to help you find the tools, training, and preparation needed to fulfill your call as a child of God, a minister to the world-at-large.
Maybe you don’t know how to get involved, or maybe you don’t even know where to begin. The good news is I’m here to help! Whether it’s walking through a spiritual gifts inventory to identify the gifts you’ve been given, making an introduction between you and a ministry leader, spreading the word about a particular ministry activity, or exploring how to get a new ministry off the ground, let’s talk. You can find me at church Sunday-Thursday, by calling 614-486-9433 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know how I can help equip you to be the minister you are called to be!
-Laura Hudson, Director of Equipping Ministers