Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Philosophy of Ministry pt. 1

I think a philosophy of ministry should start simple and expand.  Perhaps the best description of what I believe ministry should be comes from Cornel West.  He once said, “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people.  You can’t save the people if you won’t serve the people.”  This plain and simple statement is what ministry is all about.

As a minister, I am expected to lead and direct the congregation in certain ways, but I will not be an effective leader if I do not love and care for those I am trying to lead.  A minister is given the privilege to witness and be a part of special moments within the lives of families and individuals.  We are present when two individuals decide to get married.  We are there when they have their first child.  We are there when someone falls ill.  We are also there if someone loses their job, is struggling with their marriage, or loses a loved one.  A minister has to care.  Ministry is more than an 8 to 5 job.  A minister does not leave their work at the office.  If someone is not willing to love people (often this is more difficult than it sounds), then they should not get involved in ministry.

A minister is also someone who serves.  Jesus, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the greatest leader this world has ever known, was a servant.  Often times, you will find many people who want to lead but few who want to serve.  A minister must be the first one willing to serve.  The minister is not the only person who should be serving, but he needs to be the one leading the way.  As Christians, we should be a congregation of servants.  Whether it be a widow in need, an orphan who is hungry, or a stranger we meet on the street, we should be ready to serve and continue the ministry Jesus began 2,000 years ago.

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