Ministering and Ministry

August 21, 2016

“Today I am reminded that ministry to others on the path of salvation is ineffective or even damaging, if the “minister” has neglected to minister to his or her own self. Because service to others on this path is about sharing a lived experience, rather than teaching a set of abstract principles. Today let me take up my cross, once again, and tend to “the log” that is in my own eye, so that, if necessary, I can share the experience with someone else in the same predicament.” (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“Recognizing and confronting sin in ourselves and in our leaders is as much a part of the ministry of the body as baptizing, preaching, and teaching.” (Jan Winebrenner and Debra

Frazier)

 

 “The key to ministry is sensitivity: sensing the condition of each person and offering the appropriate remedy for each situation. You can’t effectively help until you know the problem. You can’t apply the medicine until you know where the wound is.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:14)

 

“Strive to love others! God can ignite our love for the unlovable, showing us how to extend care to the hateful, to give even when we are being used, and to go that extra mile (see Mt 5:41). Such love may seem impossible to our fleshly mind, but God mercifully equips us to extend Christ’s ministry without wavering or becoming discouraged by abuses we encounter. ” (Dynamis 8/13/2014)

 

“The Ministry of the Church belongs to all her members. Being the Body of Christ, Clergy and

Laity together have the responsibility to minister/serve the people of God.” (Very Reverend Sebastian Skordallos)

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