There seems to be a though running around in some churches today and it goes something like this: “Well, since we pay our pastor he can do the preaching, the teaching, the counseling, the hospital visits and well he can do the soul winning too”. There is only one two small problems: first, you may kill your pastor by working him to death (and how is he supposed to care for his family if he is doing his work as well as ours? Think about it) and second it is not Biblical. The Bible does not say go and bring them in, it says:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. –Acts 1:8
A witness tells what happened to them and if you are saved we have the greatest news in the world to tell: Jesus Saves! (And so do I). Why then are we hesitant or expect someone else to do it? It is the shepherd’s job to feed and tend the sheep, and that is what a pastor does, and as a Christian he shares the responsibility to be a witness and as sheep of the flock the responsibility is ours to share the great news summed up in probably the most well known verse in the Bible:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. –John 316
Our church is starting by having a fall harvest campaign this October where the goal is to be a witness and participate in the harvest each Sunday evening. Read more about it on our churches site here and maybe join us. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.