We weren't created to simply take up space on this planet. Likewise we weren't created to simply take up space in a church auditorium. You and I were SHAPED to be a minister. When we study the early church we see that ministry was done by the church, believers serving one another. Over time the church has drifted from this model.
Ask someone what he or she thinks of when they hear the word "minister"? Many think of good old pastor so-and-so, he was a good minister. Somewhere along the line the church (believers in Christ) moved from being the ministers to labeling one man as the "minister".
At NHC every partner is a minister. Ministry at NHC would not be accomplished if it were left to the "paid professionals". Who would change the messy diaper on Sunday morning? Who would teach the children something they did not know about God? Who would greet folks in the parking lot, at the door, in the lobby? Who would pour the coffee? Who would clean the building? Who would play the music? Who would minister to the hurting in the church? Who would meet the needs?
So how about you? Are you simply taking up space or are you serving? Are you a minister?