EveryoneGetsToPlay600everyone gets to play 

One of the mantras at the Norwich Vineyard - and indeed across the whole of the Vineyard movement - is 'everyone gets to play'. This means that ministry is in the hands of us all, and not just the remit of the paid evangelist or healing superstar. In fact, as we have often said, there is only one ministry: that of Jesus; and we all have the huge privilege of joining in. Together we do church for the least, lost and the lonely; together we pray for the sick; together we share 'good news' and together we worship. 

No one in the Old Testament understood this better than Nehemiah, who got everyone to build the walls of Jerusalem. Nowhere do you hear of people saying that building wasn't their gifting! There were a few moans, but there always are in family. There was a job to do and they all got stuck in. 

It says in Nehemiah ch3 v28-32, 'Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house. Next to them, Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house. Next to him, Shemaiah son of Shekaniah, the guard at the East Gate, made repairs. Next to him, Hananiah son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired another section. Next to them, Meshullam son of Berekiah made repairs opposite his living quarters. Next to him, Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the temple servants and the merchants, opposite the Inspection Gate, and as far as the room above the corner; and between the room above the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and merchants made repairs.'

When we all join together to see his church become his glorious bride, with people being added to the number of followers, we can get the job done!

Geoff Lawton, 18/05/2016