Passage: Ephesians 3:1-12

Speaker: Mitch Kim

Series: We Are Wellspring

Growth demands ownership. While a few leaders can own and carry a smaller church, the larger the church grows the greater the circle of ownership must expand. A few months ago, I found myself in a scary place. About a year and a half into our church merger, I felt stuck between a crushing feeling of inadequacy and a conviction that I could not quit. While everything was going well on the outside, the toll of keeping things moving forward was wearing me out. In my inadequacy, I reached out for help, and a number of people stepped up to carry the burden together. Reggie R. planned the sermon series. Cheryl B. stepped in to lead a few of the staff meetings. Greg W. stepped in to finalize the budget preparations conscientiously. The elders stepped in to pray and carry the burden together. And I realized a critical truth—I cannot do this alone. The growth of church demands the ownership of all of God’s people. What began to happen over the last couple of months in our soul simply with the pastoral staff and leadership needs to spread throughout the church as a whole. The growth of the church demands the ownership of all of God’s people. So what does ownership look like? Ephesians 3:1–12 shows as we own God’s purposes for a specific people, we proclaim his purposes and fulfill them in Christ Jesus.