Earlier today I read these posts by Cheesehead and Jan and they got me thinking...
What is the role of "minister" in the life of the church?
Are we called to actually be leaders and help with vision development and keeping?
Are we called to be teachers?
Are we called to be evangelists and reach out to those on the fringes?
Are we called to be chaplains of the existing congregation?
In essence we are sort of called to all of them. But, as a colleague of mine says, if everything is high priority then everything is also low priority. So where is our priority? Where does it need to be?
I am convinced that to be a chaplain to the existing congregation leads inevitably to the death of the congregation. Inevitably. Maybe it will take years but still...
Then there is the whole question of discerning what the church needs as opposed to what it wants as opposed to what it expects...
So what is the role of the minister anyway???