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Ways to be Effective in the Local Church? Here are 5

The local church is God’s structure for our growth (Phil 1:25). Furthermore, it is meant to bless us as we bless one another (in the church). As much as we have leaders spearheading our growth (Ephesians 4:12-16), we also have to be effectively used for the church because the work is plentiful (Romans 12:6-8, 2 Corinthians 6:1). So what are the ways to be effective in the local church? 

Without further ado, here are 5 ways to be effective in your local church:

1. Be a diligent learner

The parable of the sower shows us that it’s not just about the word that’s taught, but about the receiver of the word – their heart’s posture. Therefore, it is up to you to make sure nothing competes with the word of God in your heart.

As much as we have leaders spearheading our growth, we also have to be effectively used for the church because the work is plentiful. Click To Tweet

Furthermore, show commitment to your own growth. This commitment starts from your disposition towards services and meetings; Be punctual, regular, take notes during service, and don’t be distracted. It is the pastor’s job to labour in the word and teach it but it’s your duty to receive it and act on it. 

2. Be known and involved

Don’t be invisible. The church is a family, and a place for accountability. Submit yourself to the leadership of your church, and build healthy relationships. In doing so, you’ll have people to keep you encouraged as you do the same for them too.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

The work of God requires your time, skill/gifts and also resources. In the light of this, sponsor the work being done in and through your local church as nothing can really go far without financial sponsorship. Click To Tweet

3. Serve 

“You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.” – 1 Corinthians 16:15‭-‬16 NIV 

God expects and instructs us to love people. The church is a family – believers with the same father – therefore, the way we treat each other should show that we're indeed siblings. Click To Tweet

The household of Stephanas is a worthy example for us to follow. How are you helping in your local church? We are all a part of one body and we must work together to achieve God’s goal. Make yourself available, serve in any capacity that you can. 

4. Give 

The work requires your time, skill/gifts and also resources. In the light of this, sponsor the work being done in and through your local church as nothing can really go far without financial sponsorship. 

Ministers cannot print flyers or banners, travel around, or pay rent for halls where meetings are held without money. This is just to mention a few reasons why money is necessary. For every time you give, you are partnering with your local church for the gospel’s sake, putting your money where your faith is. 

The household of Stephanas is a worthy example for us to follow. How are you helping in your local church? We are all a part of one body and we must work together to achieve God's goal. Make yourself available, serve in any capacity… Click To Tweet

5. Love 

God expects and instructs us to love people. See how Apostle Peter puts it:

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22 NIV

Apostle Paul too:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:10 NIV 

The church is a family – believers with the same father – therefore, the way we treat each other should show that we’re indeed siblings.

And those are ways to be effective in the local church. Do you have other ways to share? Please do so in the comment section. See you there! 

Can’t get enough of this topic? No worries, you can also read “Is Going to Church Necessary as a Christian?”

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Favour Ndakara is a young Christian that lives out her purpose to know God and make Him known. She's also a pharmacist that loves acting, writing and talking. She's convivial and loves the idea of friendships.
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