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All Christians are Ministers, part 1

June 2, 2017

“All Christians are ministers by virtues of their baptism,” says the first sentence of book in my hand.

That understanding is one of the many things I love about being in pastoral ministry in and through the United Methodist Church.

“All Christians are ministers” means that “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:23)

Some followers of Christ are called into what we used to say was “full time Christian Service,” but the reality is that all are serving Christ as we go about our tasks. Some are called by God to full time Christian Service in and through the church.

As a pastor, it’s delightful to work with people on understanding God’s Call upon their lives.. Some with whom it’s been my honor to process that are now in full-time church-related ministry; others are renewed and recommitted lay persons any pastor would be thrilled to have in their church. Both are gifts to be treasured.

One of the resources we use early in what we call The Inquiry Process (and I love that name) is a simple little book, The Christian as Minister: An Exploration Into the Meaning of God’s Call. That long-winded title’s more complicated than the book itself. The opening quote above is indeed the first sentence of the book.

In it are questions.

There are no right or wrong answers; there are only your own personal answers.

Here are three of those questions:

In what ways have you experienced the church as a faith community in your life?

In what ways have you experienced the church as a response to the societal and political forces which exclude, alienate, and marginalize?

What is your understanding of the church’s mission?

I invite you to prayerfully consider those three.

Serious stuff.

And well worth the effort to articulate your own answers.

Writing out your answers will help you with clarity.

See you back here tomorrow.

 

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2 Comments
  1. I think it is four to four and a half pages, but can I look up the answers I wrote years ago for Lay Speaking/Ministry?

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