Category Archives: call to ministry

Spiritual paraplegics & pastor dependency

Instead of training and releasing people to follow and obey the living Jesus, churches tend to make people spiritual paraplegics. Perhaps sitting passively in church isn’t the kind of exercise that builds spiritual muscle. When people are made spiritually dependent on a … Continue reading

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Have we systematized Christ’s symphony?

Jesus wants to conduct His symphony through an orchestra of ordinary people that the Bible calls, the body of Christ. Church gives the risen Jesus more opportunities to be the Conductor when everybody present is free to speak as prompted … Continue reading

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Who are the best ministers?

ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE THE BEST MINISTERS? I turned on the TV today and there was Johnny Cash Staring in an old episode of “Little House on the Prairie,” Playing an ordinary man pretending to be a preacher. His down to … Continue reading

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John Doe Ministries (Is that biblical?)

Why do some ministers (even some God-anointed preacher’s and teachers) name “ministries” for themselves? That common practice in modern-day independent ministry doesn’t appear to be biblical. I can’t find an “Apostle Paul Ministries” or a “Philip the Evangelist Ministries” or even a … Continue reading

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“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.'” –William Booth

God’s call is to all, yall! Ekklesia, the Greek word replaced by the word church in almost all English Bible translations, literally means called out ones. If you are a member of the body of Christ, you are called! The concept … Continue reading

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We Don’t Have To Just Watch Church — We Can Do Church!

I’ve always found sitting and watching church to be boring (whether on TV or in person). However, I’ve found being actively involved in a meeting of Christians ministering to one another as prompted by the Spirit to be one of … Continue reading

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