So the Bible doesn’t use the term “lay” person. But it does use a word that kind of sounds like it: Laos. Laos is a Greek word which means people. The Laos of God are the People of God. The Laos are those who are following after him and being chiseled to serve God and to serve others.
One of the reasons I came to Brentview in Calgary is because I saw in the Lead Pastor a guy who got under people and lifted them up. He truly believes that the Laos, the people, of the church are precious living gems. His greatest joy is seeing the people of this church show God to others. His dream is that everyone in this congregation would be pulsating with ministry in their veins. Last week at the end of his sermon he challenged all of us to try to minister to others because that’s what God has wired us to do. I also came to Brentview because I see in this church a desire not to have super pastors… but to have pastors who do super job helping equip the laos of this church to do super ministry so that this city can be super changed by the life-giving message of Jesus.
Mike Breaux, a teaching pastor at Willow Creek in Chicago, said that “when Jesus arrives on the scene, the religious culture” where there was a big separation between priests and congregation, gets all juggled around…. Jesus would look at crowds and just say stuff like, ‘You- yes, I’m talking to you. You are the light of the world.’ He would look at them and say, ‘You- yes you- were called to love your neighbor as yourself and love your enemies also. He would say to everyone, “You- yes, all of you- will be my witnesses.”
If you open up to the book of 1 Peter you’ll find a book which teaches us how to be people that give up our superiority-complex so that we can serve together as one unit for the sake of the world. So this is not left up just to a super pastor, nor just to a super member. This is everybody. Each of us is to be engaged in ministry as ministers. That’s how it’s supposed to be. It’s that simple. Being changed by God’s kindness and changing others by his kindness is the way we should all live. That means you, the person next to you, the person next to them and in front of you and behind you and over here and over there and up here- A church is a symphony of ministry where Jesus is the conductor and each of us has a wonderful part to play.