Guess what? We have good news for you. At Eastgate, there's no waiting in line to be allowed to do the things God has graced you to do. You have unique gifts and we want you — no, we need you — to use them. You can even take a spiritual gifts text below to determine what your gifts are.
So what's, "All the R.A.G.E.?" We’ve found most ministry giftings fall into one of four categories. By recognizing them and celebrating their diversity, people are empowered to do what they are already good at doing instead of being forced to "fill a need." Here's a brief summary of Eastgate's R.A.G.E. concept, followed by our biblical basis for it.
Reachers - You always find yourself thinking about either 1) how you can get more people into the church through innovative means, media, events, etc., or 2) you're always inviting them in one by one yourself! You have a heart to see your church grow and are willing to dream big.
Acclimaters - You have a real behind-the-scenes servant's heart and tend to remember the small details that make everything flow smoothly; details that, let's say a "Reacher" would never remember: Who's greeting the visitors and showing them where the classes are? Where the restrooms are? This group is key in making sure that someone "sticks" once they finally come through the door, and is largely to be thanked if those visitors ever come back a second time!
Growers - So, once someone has been reached, brought in and given their cup of coffee, who makes sure they "stick" and grow? The Growers are those with pastoral hearts who instruct, encourage and mature the Body of Christ. If you're a Grower you are most likely the one who people gravitate towards if they have a need, an insecurity, a Biblical question or even a piece of good news to share. If you win when others win and hurt when they hurt (even at 2am), you are a Grower.
Empowerers - Okay, so the Reachers reached, the Acclimaters acclimated and the Growers grew. Now what? People need releasing into the destinies God has for them, and whereas others encourage, you have a distinct grace to exhort people and get away with it. Exhortation ("to strongly urge") is the Empowerer's best tool in his or her toolbelt, for with it they can train, recognize giftings, and help plug them in to the perfect spots within the church. If an Empowerer does his or her job well, they will launch those in their care to build up the church by walking in their unique giftings.
Ephesians 4:11-13 says, "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
These five offices are often referred to as "The 5-fold ministry", and according to this verse, all five are needed until the Body of Christ reaches "unity in the faith", "becomes mature" and attains "to the whole measure and fullness of Christ." I'm sure you'd agree that the Church today as a whole has a ways to go there. So, think of a corporation with Jesus as the President and these five offices as VPs. And think of yourself as working in one of those 5 departments.
But since many people don't know what on earth to do with a prophetic or even an apostolic call on their life, it is important to recognize those gifted in this area and train them with hands-on roles in the local church. So what does a budding Apostle look like? The have a fathering spirit that seeks to empower others, so they usually plug in well with the duties of an Empowerer. And it works the same with the other offices as well. We aren't all called to be Evangelists, but we're all called to evangelize, right? We're not all called to be Pastors, but we can have pastoral hearts toward others, right? Here's what the 5-fold ministry offices look like when plugged very practically into the R.A.G.E. model:
Reachers: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists
Acclimaters: Hospitality, Pastors, and those scoring high in Mercy and Serving gifts
Growers: Teachers and Pastors
Empowerers: Prophets, Apostles and Teachers