Friend in ministry,
When I first conceived of working on this website, this phrase came to mind: “Ministry requires all of us.”
A photo of a family on the beach seemed to represent this idea well. The family formed a partial circle together as they held hands. In an actual circle, no one comes first. Each person is important to the shape. If one drops out, the circle ceases to be a circle.
I liked this symbolism for the Church universal and the local church as its visible self. The ideal family, as I describe it here, is something to which to aspire for our church family. Keep that circle in mind as you read through my list. You may want to think of specific individuals as members of your circle. They might be your leadership team, your church staff, or your family (since they are one of your ministries, too).
- It includes everyone in some way.
- It never leaves anyone out intentionally.
- Each member has an important purpose that is not dependent on his or her role but because that person has inherent worth.
- Everyone shares the responsibilities.
- No one directs and does everything.
- No one only plays. Working together toward shared goals is a major way to build unity and identity.
- Members take joy in being together and set apart times for that.
- The stronger members are meant to build up the weaker members.
- There is mutual submission that exists in some way or another.
- Each person has tasks that he or she is better at than others. Those tasks provide him or her with more meaning and satisfaction. (In the church, those are referred to as “spiritual gifts” and are given by the Holy Spirit for building up the church.)
As Alexandre Dumas said in The Three Musketeers, “All for one and one for all.”
Perhaps you would add other descriptors to these. Let me know your thoughts by commenting on the post. I’ll always answer back.
Supporting you in your calling—