Friday, February 4, 2011

Perks of Ministry (Friday Five)

Over at the RevGals today, Kathrynzj asks us about five perks of ministry.


Hmmmm, I mumbled to myself.  A preliminary explanation: I finished seminary last spring and was certified ready to receive a call in November.  This past week, I learned in a second-hand way that a church where I've preached four times this winter is not even interested in exploring possibilities with me, and I've had a rough several days for other reasons as well.  I'll be hard-pressed to think of any perks! I thought.  And then I reflected over these past several months as a candidate and a spiritual director, and was suddenly grateful to have been pressed into these reminders:

1. As a director of the Ignatian Exercises, I get to see (yesterday, for instance) someone's face light up when she says,  "I never thought of Jesus in that way before!"

2. As an elder, I get to participate in the big issues of our time, such as voting (last week) for the inclusiveness of participation and leadership to which I believe God calls us as God's beloved people.

3. As an educator, I get to hear someone say (in October) "I've never actually read the Bible before" as a text lies open on the table in front of him.

4.  As a worship leader, I get to initiate a plan (in December) for a Christmas service for mourners, and to hear someone who lost a child to suicide say, "I had my doubts, but now I feel freed up to go ahead and celebrate this year."

5.  As a mother, I get to engage (all the time) my adult children in  a life of faith via discussions about the God in whom they do not believe by reflecting on my reading and my work.  (I think there might be seven prepositions in that sentence!)

Now that I write it down, I think: not bad for someone making no headway!


13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. Simply wonderful.

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  2. Love the way you have looked at the diversity of the role.

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  3. beautiful! as i read #1 i thought about how this is one of my favorites as well and then when i read #4, the tears took a while to stop. that's amazing ministry friend! bless you!

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  4. go you! You bring so many gifts...

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  5. Beautiful way to interpet "perks".

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  6. Loved your list. Glad you "could."

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  7. Encouraging that you do find perks...in everything there is a season too. If you haven't been a pastor at a call, can you create your own church? It sounds like you do have what is called for in so many places.

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us!

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  9. These are wonderful reminders of the gifts of faith, and a life of walking in that faith. Thank you.

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  10. loving the fact that these things floated up into the initial angst

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  11. I don't like to "count my blessings", but when I do I am always surprised by how many there actually are! It opens my eyes to see that good things are happening even while bad things are happening. Parallel tracks. I like giving some airplay to the good and not just the disappointments. Beautiful job, Robin.

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  12. PS. I like the new picture at top. Beautiful.

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