There's ministry, and there's the ministry. We always knew that.
Now we're learning it again....
October 12, 2017—a Thursday—a network of peers, mentors and sages gather to tell stories, ask questions, and connect with others who are redeeming, reclaiming, and reframing the M word.
Here’s our working definition of the M word (feel free to hack)
“ministry is the desire to serve your world in partnership with Jesus”
Pathways into the ministry are fewer and farther between.
Eight in ten organized US churches have fewer than an 250 regular participants. Six in ten have fewer than 100. Four in ten have fewer than 50...with budgets roughly commensurate to size.
Young and old together have serious questions about the ministry as a career.
Denominations are losing market share (still). Megachurches feed off failing small churches (still).Seminaries and Bible Schools are unsure of their own futures — let alone yours, mine, ours.
Some leaders find the world appreciates their gifts more than the Church.
The ministry is almost indistinguishable from community theater...maybe a little better, maybe a little worse, but, with a stage, set pieces, and a cast supporting a featured performer, maybe not that different for most spectators.
Ministry as the practice of hands-in-the-soil rescue, reconciliation and renovation might as well be a dirty word...the M word.
To What End?
You’re not the only one who’s been wondering about the M word.
You aren’t stupid or crazy for believing ministry isn’t a career
SAVE 10 YEARS
This gathering can save you 10 years by….
Introducing alternatives to chasing dreams the present system cannot fulfill
- Introducing sages who’ve been there, bought the T Shirt, then lived lives in ministry beyond their lives in the ministry
BUILD A BETTER REALITY
“Reality is a network of relationships” – Fritjof Capra
- Connect with peers, mentors and sages going forward
- Expand your ministry imagination with new ideas and practices
Size of congregation — Q: How many persons--counting both adults and children--would you say regularly participate in the religious life of your congregation--whether or not they are officially members of your congregation?
Size of congregation and year founded — Q: In what year was your congregation officially founded?