Church leaders have the great privilege of seeing to the spiritual formation of disciples. This is core to the mission Jesus gave us. One of the aspects of spiritual formation is service.
For service, the many members of the Body have diverse gifts and function. Thus the responsibility of pastors and church leaders is connecting need to people’s gifts and vice versa. It is creating space and opportunities for people to discover and exercise their gifts.
When leaders fail to create such an environment they stunt the growth of those they lead. Pastors and leaders can also rob the communities they serve of healthy churches that meet the needs around them.
Thus service is not only critical for those who serve, but also for those the church ought to reach. This means it is important to create ways for people to contribute both their time and talent in the life of the church. For their good and for the benefit of others as well.