"Saturday November 21, 1970, Woody Hays and Bo Schembechler went one on one at Michigan Stadium. Each coach left his team at home, and they just played football against each other, one on one. In 1971 they were going to do a rematch in Columbus....."
It would have been unique, if it had happened. But, of course it did not happen. No one is interested in seeing coaches play one on one. The teams played in 1970, as they always do. Woody and Bo never played one on one. Joe Pa and Bear Bryant never did. Nor did John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. It just is not done that way.
The whole team plays, not just the coaches. In fact, while the coaches may work longer hours than the players, those hours are mostly worked behind the scenes. Actual physical contact with the opposing team is not to be engaged in by the coaches (when Woody forgot that, he lost his job).
Is it really supposed to be different in church work? All too often, church members act as if they have elders, deacons, and preachers to do the work for them -- to engage the world for them. Logic would indicate otherwise, and the scriptures certainly indicate otherwise, but often we do not operate by logic or the scriptures.
The task of the various gifts given by God to church leaders is not to enable them to do the work, but to enable them to equip the whole church for the work. "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith ...." Ephesians 4:11-13
Last week I told someone that this congregation has a better level of involvement than most congregations in the area. I believe that to be true. It is not, however, something to be proud of. While our level of involvement may be higher than at other congregations, it is still dismal. We have some who are very involved, but some who do practically nothing.
But do not worry yourself over the rest of the congregation's level of involvement. The only question you need to ask is about your own level of involvement. "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" 2 Cor. 13:5