Aren't all ministries intended to be an
extension of the Ministry of Jesus?
I read down her agenda for the year. It included things like, a lobster dinner, a champagne brunch, and even an excursion to the new teahouse -- not exactly a mission trip. Being that I'd been the rector of the parish for less than a month, I didn't want to start off on the wrong foot with such a powerful group as the women's ministry. So I handed her agenda back to her and simply said, "Looks like fun to me." She responded with, "What's wrong with it?" I countered, "Nothing is really wrong." She didn't buy it, "No," she said reading behind my raised eye brow, "Tell me what is it you don't agree with or don't like?" I said to her, "Well, since you persist, let me ask you what does your agenda have to do with the Ministry of our Lord Jesus? How is this an extension of his ministry?" She said, and I quote, "What does that have to do with the church?" (I'm not kidding.) I shared with her that "he was the founder of the organization and we existed for the sole purpose of carrying out his will through our ministry." It seemed a novel idea to her and one that she would embrace heartily. "In our day heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emerging of a Spirit led, Spirit empowered people. All of creation watches expectantly for the springing up of a disciplined, freely gathered, martyr people who know in this life the life and power of the Kingdom of God. It has happened before. It can happen again."