The Ripley organization highlights the story of the unusual creature, the Nanomia Cara. It is a jellyfish, and it lives in a huge cluster with other jellyfish. Some in the colony catch the food, others digest the food for the rest, others provide propulsion and still others lay eggs. They are interdependent. So is the church. Everyone has something they can do to help the church fulfill its mission. We are the weaker when anyone in the church does not do his or her part. We are strongest when we all work together.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.