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Did you Know? August 03

Posted on Aug 01 , 2014 in Did You Know

 Who are the ministers in a church?

 If you were to ask the average person on the street my guess would be that the answers would be something like – clergy, pastors, priests, or those that lead the services. Do you think that if that question was asked in a church that the majority of answers would be the same? My guess is that there would be little difference in the answers from people within or without the church. If a person is being a minister what is that they are doing? I think this is a good definition – “making Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and sharing in the renewing of his world.” That definition includes both proclaiming who Jesus is and caring for people and the world in which we live. I got that quote from the Anglican Church of Canada ordination of a Priest service. Here is the entire paragraph that it comes from. “The Church is the family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. All baptized people are called to make Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and to share in the renewing of his world. Now you are called to work as a pastor, priest, and teacher, together with your bishop and fellow presbyters, and to take your share in the councils of the Church” Did you catch it? You might want to read that quote again. If you are a Christian you are a minister in the church. If you are a Christian you are called to “make Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and share in the renewing of his world.” The person who is about to be ordained is about to have another list of responsibilities added to that list. Not a more important list, an additional list. The foundational and most important role of a minister is “to make Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and to share in the renewing of his world” and in that we are all ministers. As a Christian that is your job description, and that job trumps any other job or role you might have.

 Next week: what are these additional tasks that the ordained person is given?

 

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