Congregational expectations vary from place to place and congregations expect much from their preacher(s). Too often these expectations are not written down and this lack of concrete expectations can lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. I suggest having as many on the table (written down) as possible. We also know that some expectations are ridiculous … Continue reading What does the Congregation Expect from the Minister?
People I meet often ask me a question similar to the following, “Why did you choose to be a minister?” or more commonly, “How did God call you to ministry?” I do not usually introduce myself as a preacher or minister, but allow people the opportunity to ask what I do. I am regularly amused … Continue reading Why I am a Minster
Here is my second offering on the subject of ministry. Again, comments and suggestions are welcome, encouraged even. We ask: What is Ministry? With last week's working definition of a minister in hand, the next logical step is to define the role a minister plays. This chapter solidifies our model of ministry that develops from … Continue reading What is Ministry?
I had said I would start with post on What is Ministry - but I decided to post on what a minster is first. I will save my thoughts on ministry for a week . . . What is a Minister? Disclaimer: The word "minister" does not always refer to the professional contracted by … Continue reading What is a Minister?
Over the next few weeks I will share with you selected chapters from a work in progress. Counting the time I spent as an intern in Calhoun, GA, and the 2 1/2 years I interned with the Church of Christ in Bay Minette, Alabama through today, May 13, 2010, I have spent most of my life … Continue reading Thoughts on Ministry