Many of us spend our lives trying to find our way in the world: who we’re supposed to be, what we’re supposed to do. The goal is to make our way instead.
Paul calls the church a body. Bruce shares the magic of a band. When assembled correctly, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to understand “call.” Maybe it’s not always the one-time event I’ve thought it was.
We clergy use strong language when we talk about our jobs. Other people talk about becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, and motorcycle mechanics. We talk about…
As an associate it is tempting to become a “doer of ministry.” We can see the lead pastor as the visionary for the congregation/ministry and our role in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Visitation, etc. as where that vision gets carried out. We have been hired to do youth ministry, we think, so we had better do the youth ministry. Whenever someone volunteers to help us, we say, “No thanks,” because we view the assistance as a veiled condemnation of our inability to do our jobs. We do a disservice to our congregation when we become the professional experts who do everything in our ministry area.
The Apostle Paul intentionally brought others around him. We read of Luke, Mark, Timothy, and others joining him on his missionary journeys (e.g. 2 Timothy 4:11). He wrote of those whom he sent to be with the churches in his absence. He appointed leaders to the congregations he had raised up and worked with other leaders who were also about building up the churches with whom he had relationships. As you read the New Testament letters you get the sense Paul was managing a network of church leaders. I would argue this is one of the major reasons Christianity grew under Paul’s leadership. He wasn’t trying to do it all on his own.
Today is Labor Day – the day we celebrate our work by taking a day off. Bob Kaylor’s sermon yesterday (hear it – read it)…