Dear Friend of Vision
“What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble (come together), each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Co. 14:26)
Martin Luther, the great reformer, taught about the priesthood of all believers. Like most leaders, he did not particularly practice it.
From his view, and from the view of most religious leaders , there should be a division between clergy (professional ministry) and laity (the amateurs). Let the five-fold ministry, or at least the pastors, do the work of ministry; and let the the folks give to support it. Well in theory, we modern leaders, especially those of the charismatic bent, don’t believe this. How often do we practice or even encourage believers to take responsibility to bring a song, a word, a revelation, or a prophecy to a service, present in a class, or otherwise contribute to the life of the church or school?
The fact is that when all, or at least all who are willing and able, participate according to their giftings and calling; it can be a bit messy. It can be dynamic and might be worth the experiment, as long as the people know that there is no failure in trying. We are all in this together, and our goal is to all be equipped to fulfill the “Great Commission”, motivated by the “Great Commandment”.