Ken and his wife moved into the home directly across the street from the church building. They were excited to be so close to a church and quickly got involved in the congregation.
After a few months Ken began calling me at least once a week. He had an unusual knack for calling just as I sat down for dinner. The conversation always went the same direction.
“Pastor, I was thinking today that the church needs to have a Bible study for women during the day.”
I’d tell Ken that I’d consider his suggestion and see what we could make of it.
He might call about starting an early morning Bible study for men, or a clothing distribution for the homeless, or a shuttle service for the elderly.
One evening he called, again just as I get dinner on the table. “Pastor, I was thinking today that our church needs to start a pancake breakfast each month for the men.”
This time I replied differently. “Ken, that’s a wonderful idea. When are you going to start it?”
It was the last time Ken ever called me and he never came back to church.
If you have an idea for the work of ministry, then start it, do it, and keep it going.
And Christ Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastor-teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).