Church is a place where people expect to “be fed.” And that’s a good thing.
For some, church is like a restaurant. You go to the one with your favorite food or your favorite chef or the environment you prefer. You shop around for the church you like best, and you go every Sunday-ish to consume the meal prepared for you. This kind of experience makes you a customer.
Or we could approach church like a potluck. Everyone brings something. And everyone still gets fed.
Because we all have something to offer. Maybe it’s as simple as serving in some way that morning. Maybe it’s praying with others. Greeting and getting to know newer people. Giving your gifts and resources. But when the church gathers, what are you bringing to share? You’ll get fed too. But this kind of experience makes you a contributor.
Every time the church gathers, it’s a potluck. That’s the picture of a healthy church with maturing members.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.