Embracing Ministry Together
How many pastors today are victims of burnout? How many congregations today are victims of pastoral burnout? The answer would horrify us.
Dr. Joseph Hellerman believes that we (pastors & congregations) are going about ministry in the wrong manner. There simply is no place for the Lone Ranger in ministry. This sort of approach to ministry is selfish, heroic, and a disaster waiting to happen.
Dr. Hellerman uses a strong biblical case to support a unified team approach to ministry. He examines the Roman culture, our culture and Paul’s aim in ministry to pass the torch to other’s so that the light could reach places that Paul was unable to visit. When a team approach to ministry takes place, there is a broadening sense of unselfishness and a power of unity amongst others who SHARE the call to serve the local congregation.
I found this text to be encouraging and a sobering challenge to the status quo of leadership.
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