So much of ministry is like the rest of the business world. There are budget discussions. There are websites to update. There are planning meetings. And, of course, there are bathrooms to clean. It’s all part of the package. And it’s all part of the leadership that’s needed.
But what if we looked first to Jesus? What would the job look like then?
Here’s one take:
Jesus’ ministry, doing what Jesus did, lies at the core – Jesus didn’t manage or maintain but invested in a small community. In reading the gospels the work of Jesus’ ministry isn’t primarily in preaching or healing or leading worship (although Jesus did all those things) but in building relationships – making disciples. Furthermore at many points Jesus seems like he is on the edge of his own religious community. The missional practitioner is not at the centre of an organisation but is centred on the boundary of that community. In being so she/he forms others who are boundary centred, being a gate creator not a gate keeper.
Imagine a ministry profile which began:
We are seeking a minister who will invest time in a small group of Jesus followers, who led by her/his example will welcome others into the household of faith through profound encounter with God, and in doing so enrich our Christian family.
The question is how many applicants that “want ad” might get.