Who is Resposible for the Spiritual Maturity of the Church?

I can remember when my kids were finally old enough to go downstairs, get their own cereal, and turn on the television to watch Saturday morning cartoons. I remember because Lisa and I finally got to sleep in! Every parent understands what an incredibly glorious moment this is. And if you haven’t experienced this yet, well, you have much to look forward to.

This is kinda the whole point of parenting right? That our kids would grow up and move towards autonomy. That, among other things, they would learn how to feed themselves.

The same is true as new Christians begin to grow up and mature. The hope is that they would, among other things, learn to feed themselves.

And yet frequently I hear complaints by church attenders across North America that their church is not, “deep enough.” Essentially they’re saying that they’re hungry. And you want to know the first thought that passes through my mind when I hear comments like these? “If you’re hungry, eat. You know where the food is.”

You see at the end of the day each person is responsible for their own spiritual development, not their pastor. God is going to hold each unique individual accountable for his or her own thoughts, words, and actions. Not their pastor.

So the next time you hear someone complaining about how their church isn’t “deep enough” encourage them to take some personal ownership for their own relationship with Jesus and go get their own bowl of Cheerios.

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2 Responses to “Who is Resposible for the Spiritual Maturity of the Church?”

  1. Robert Cleveland January 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    How about Hebrews 13:17? “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.”

    Of course, each person is accountable for his/her own soul, but….

  2. Bill Weisler April 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm #


    Using your same metaphor, now that your kids were old enough to feed themselves it was still up to you to provide the cheerios. You still facilitated the pathway to food. In my opinion that is still the role of the church is to be able to facilitate that path for people to grow. It is each individual’s responsibility to grow, but the church should be providing the opportunity.

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