Ministry Musings: Better Together

The story of the four people who carried their friend to Jesus is a metaphor for ministry.  It us a reminder that there are some things we can do better when we do them together.  The stretcher had four corners.  When each friend took a corner, the journey happened and the healing occurred.
     If you have read my writings for a while, you know that I believe new-pentecost ministry is to be ecumenical.  One dimension of this is discovering ways to do things together.  Christianity simply has too many churches (from a sociological standpoint), and it creates institutional redundancy in some cases, and in other cases,  prevents some ministry from taking place because it is too much for one congregation to handle. If only churches would take a corner of the stretcher, more healings would happen.
     I realize there may be some places where the demographics are not favorable for this.  But for many cities, towns, and rural areas there is a potential for increased ministry through Christian cooperation.  If you are part of a ministerial association, I encourage you to plan upcoming meetings around this question, “What could we do better for Jesus in this community if we did it together?”  I believe God will bless clergy who ask this, pray over it, and then begin to enact specific insights they receive.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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One Response to Ministry Musings: Better Together

  1. Jane Holzkamp says:

    Well said Steve. Thak you. Maybe in 2014!!

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