God has appointed EACH individual member of a church with a specific assignment within and outside it's 4 walls. Now if the members individually don't fulfill their assignments in the church, how can the church thrive. We tend to look at the church of Acts 9 as the model for success, but we don't do what is necessary to be that church.
Yes, these individual members(saints) need to be taught the word of God for their benefit and development, but they also need to be equipped for their work of ministry. Which means that they need to be taught the giftings' and or the callings' of the Christ.
Many times I've asked different members of different churches about their individual gifting and callings' and most of them have no clue of what it is. Most of them have no idea of what their purpose in life is. How can a man fulfill his ministry and walk worthy of his calling, if he has no idea of what he has been called to do and gifted with? Not only is it necessary, but we are going to have to give account for what He(Christ) has given us[Luke 19:11-27].
9 times out of 10, if you see an idle Christian, you'll see a Christian void of his understand of his gifts and calling. And most likely that last 1 is not walking in purpose because he has no confidence in his gifts and calling. So what do you think that church looks like?
I wonder what would happen, if a pastor stood in front of his congregation and asked for those who has the gift of prophecy to stand up and prophesy; or those with the gift of ministry to stand up and minister. Then the ones with the gift of teaching and exhortation to make themselves known. What if that pastor would ask for those in the church with the gift of giving to give; those with the gift to lead to lead and those individuals with the gift of showing mercy to put it on display, I wonder what would happen? Somebody has been appointed to work miracles and healing. Somebody has been chosen to help(volunteer) and serve in administration roles. Last but not least, what about those who have been appointed to speak in tongues, but also those who can interpret tongues. What would the church look like if they made themselves known? My guess is that we would look like the churches in Judea, Galilee and Samaria[Acts 9:31]. What a powerful church we would be.
**Members, if you know your gifting, make it known to the church and then use it, of course decently and in order. Do it for your sake and those who are with you. If you don't know what you've been gifted with, ASK. Ask God and He'll reveal it to you, when you are positioned to use it.
**Pastors, encourage the use of individual gifting in the church. Paul encouraged Timothy to "stir up the gift of God which was in him"[ 2 Timothy 1:6], so encourage your members to do the same.