A few months ago our new senior pastor arrived. During the search and candidate period, another pastor requested prayer for these activities. We petitioned God to raise up the right man for the job.
I suggested to the pastor that we open up the petition to include other gifted members of the body. The pastoral gift is just one of many which complete the Bride. We also need the prophets, the mercies, the healers, teachers, and all the rest.
Why do we need so many special people? Gods says we need them “…for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” so that ultimately “maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
This process works best with a fully-equipped body. Missing parts (gifted members) makes the process slow and difficult. Sometimes it is roadblocked because of the overemphasis placed upon the role of the pastor. Sometimes this is compounded because of the lack of emphasis on the need for the other gifted members.
Find out what your gift is and stir it up. Use it continuously for the glory of God in this present kingdom.