No Gap Between The Clergy and The Laity

Most people don't know it, but the Bible doesn't support delineation between people called "to full-time ministry" and people who aren't. The Bible also gives no doctrine on ordination through specialized Bible colleges or seminaries. In fact the Bible is replete with business owners, farmers, employees, soldiers, teachers, and people from all walks of life that were also leaders in their local congregations, all fully equipped for every good work, ready to properly represent Jesus through Kingdom ambassadorship. If you believe in Jesus, abide in His Word, and are willing to pay the cost to be His unabashed disciple then you're qualified for ministry.

The gap between the clergy and laity is what plunged the institutional church into the dark ages. At its height it authorized the church to make it illegal for the common man to read the Word of God in his common language. It fostered biblical illiteracy and allowed tradition to reign. Even the word laity should be insulting. After all, it's derived from a term that means idiot. Clergy is a term that means those who have received special training, or special education. Its very existence defies the biblical model of discipleship evangelism by inferring there should be those who are "fully-equipped" and those who are "under-equipped". There are no second class citizens in the Kingdom. Through Jesus, everyone is given the same power, authority, and responsibilities.

That means we ALL have the power to obtain wealth and heal the sick. That means we ALL have the authority to cast out demons and tear down strongholds that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. That means we ALL have the responsibility to study diligently to show ourselves approved, ready to give an answer for the faith that is in us, ready to go into the world around us, change the atmosphere and make disciples.

So that means Church is not a spectator sport. It's not supposed to be a one-way pulpit to pew monologue. There needs to be room in every service for the people to ask questions, give testimonies, and interact with one another. Real ministry requires a two-way dialogue in every service. That's why at Rainmakers, our services don't follow the same traditional liturgy as three fast songs, three slow songs, some announcements, an offering, and a message. When it comes to our messages, don't count on three points, a sports illustration or funny anecdote and an altar call. The average service isn't going to leave you feeling all warm inside like you just got done petting a kitten.

Our approach is designed to train and educate, not sermonize. We teach techniques not theory. We make the Bible accessible through principles and precepts that once you understand, you can teach to others. You'll walk out each Sunday talking about what you just learned, not focused on where you're going for lunch. Don't believe it? Come find out.

It's real, it works. And it's changing lives.