Questions on the Meaning of “Ministry”

A matter of point of view

Last week, Kurt was kind enough to host me on his blog with an article I contributed. On of the things that I mused in that post was the way Christians in general have understood ministry. This is usually the general consensus among Christians when they understand ministry, “Real ministry is said to only happen in a church setting. Whatever that is outside is not.”

Scot McKnight recently posted a discussion that started from a question by one of his readers concerning “ministry.” It’s worth reading the comments of people on that very post.

On a general observation of the comments on that post, I think more and more are taking the word “ministry” to mean something more than just what we do in “church.” It’s a good sign that we’re moving on from a reductionist position on that word. But I do wish some of our leaders would know that ‘ministry’ has with it a broader meaning. Not just “church” stuff.


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