The nature of ministry

What is it with us Christians? We try to put people into boxes and then get cross when they try to break out.
For nearly seven years I have been recognised as a minister. I wear a clerical collar and an allowed by my church to celebrate communion, to baptise and bury.
But it means that Methodism – and other denominations – collude in the myth that it’s only people with dog collars who ought to be able to do these things.
What a load of twaddle.
I love the story of an American church with a sign outside listing the staff and, at the end, the line: “ministers – the whole congregation”.
That’s the kind of church I would love to see grow.

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