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A New Beginning

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Over the last several months, God has been laying a number of things on my heart. I became a dad, accepted a position with a local non-profit, and joined a new church all in the last year. Through all of it, I’ve become increasingly eager to write.
In just a few years of vocational ministry work, I’ve seen a number of trends in local churches that concern me. Chief among them is the idea that ministry is a profession to be accomplished by the overly-devout who have been given a special calling from God. The prevailing perspective of most churchgoers is that the pastor is the one who does the ministry while the church cheers him on, tithes towards his meager salary, and goes about their lives. This couldn’t be further from the New Testament’s picture of the Church.

In Ephesians 4:11-14, Paul lays out the job description of church leaders.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Notice why he gave us these leaders…to equip or prepare the rest of the church for the work of the ministry. In other words, they aren’t the ones doing the ministry, rather they’re the ones leading it.

That’s what this blog is about.

As Christians, we are each called to ministry. Ultimately, it isn’t the full-time pastors who will impact the world for Christ. It’s the artists, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, and businessmen who will make the difference. It’s every single one of us living for God’s glory and honor within the context of our jobs, relationships, and homes.

This is a blog about bringing your faith into the workplace, the home, and into your everyday life. We will explore how this is done practically and effectively. We will look at our Christian beliefs and how they impact the way we conduct ourselves everywhere else. I hope you’ll read this often, enjoy it, and grow from the conversation. I welcome your comments, questions, and contributions to the discussion.  Subscribe to the email list to receive updates about new posts and ideas or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s journey into this world of everyday ministry together.

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  • http://aubrysmith.com Aubry Smith

    Yes! I think anyone who has ever been in full-time paid ministry realizes that too much is expected of them (so much that they can rarely accomplish what God has actually called them to), and that so many Christians feel they have little or nothing to contribute because they never sensed a “call to ministry.” (Can churches and church camps please stop making the three options during the invitation 1) salvation 2) rededication and 3) call to missions/ministry?) All are called. There needs to be a greater focus on equipping all Christians. Looking forward to more of your writing!

  • Matt

    Thanks Aubry! I definitely agree. Ministry isn’t a special calling for the few.

  • http://Www.justkatedavis.tumblr.com Kate Davis

    Agreed!! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Matt

    Thanks Kate!