(This blog first appeared as an article in the Mennonite Brethren Herald, Sept. 12, 2003, and is here slightly revised.)
Let me begin boldly. I believe that there has been a colossal disenfranchisement of the laity in our churches. Parallel to this phenomenon is the professionalization of the pastoral ministry. I want to illustrate these phenomena and show why they are problematic.
Hierarchy of Gifts
First, there is little place for the involvement of the laity in the “important” tasks in our churches. Oh yes, lay people are needed to do the “smaller” tasks – help along with the children’s ministry, teach Sunday school, play in a worship band. But, the overriding assumption is that each of these areas needs to be headed by a full-time professional pastor who acts as an administrator over the volunteer laity who do the hands-on work – under supervision, of course. Thus we have worship pastors, children’s ministry pastors, evangelism pastors, administrative pastors, and always a lead pastor who generally does most of the preaching…https://elmerjohnthiessen.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/laity-and-the-problem-of-professionalism-in-our-churches-2/
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Addressing the Damaging Effects of Professionalism in the Local Church
“We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more more spiritual death we will leave in our wake.”
These are the first words of John Piper in his book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. God has used these words in profound ways, not just in changing my thinking but really the course of my life. It was in a staff meeting one morning that I read this chapter and spoke of the dangers of a professionalized ministry, and the consequence of that meeting was a sovereign shift that directed me to seminary and now to the local church where I serve …
1. Professionalism tends to foster consumerism.
2. Professionalism creates a culture of comfort and settled tradition.
Whether you’re reaching out to Muslims, bikers, students, business people, previously unreached people—it doesn’t matter—there’s a unique way to go about it, ending in the same gospel. The mission is always the same, but the method is usually different.
There’s a certain strategy needed when you engage people who are a part of the church culture, and another when you’re looking to reach people who want nothing to do with church culture.
In each case, you need to speak the gospel in a way that connects and challenges those listening to respond to Christ. I am convinced that every church needs to have a strategy to reach both those who are close to the things of God and those who are far off.
I think most of our evangelism methods, particularly many of the seeker-movement methods from the 80s and 90s really appealed to people’s religious memory…” Read more>>
Exista cel putin doua extreme teologice cand abordam lucrarile miraculoase astazi. Sunt unii care spun ca Dumnezeu ne vindeca ori de cate ori dorim noi si ca daca avem credinta ni se garanteaza sanatate, prosperitate, putere, intaietate si tot ce vrem noi. Apoi sunt cei care spun ca semnele, minunile si darurile supranaturale nu mai exista, ca nu mai sunt importante si ca nu trebuie sa le mai cautam. Eu cred ca o analiza serioasa a Scripturilor – bazata pe o exegeza corecta si pe o intelegere onesta a realitatii – ne va duce la concluzia ca semnele si minunile fac (inca) parte din manifestarea Imparatiei lui Dumnezeu pe pamant, ca ele sunt o manifestare a milei Lui desavarsite fata de noi si un mod de a rasplati credinta celor ce se arunca nebuneste in bratele Sale. Ar trebui sa ne concentram viata pe semne si minuni? Nu! Si in…
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