Finding the Keys: Liberating the Ministry from Trivial Pursuits

VOL 6; ISSUE 2

03/01/1997

Musings on the History of the Protestant Ministry

Monday, 06 Aug 2007

Fifteen years ago the sign in the front of the Oneida Baptist Church caught my attention. It read: "Pastor, Fred Russell; Ministers, The Entire Congregation." (1) "Aren't pastors ministers?" I mused. "Wait-if everyone is a minister, then, in effect, no one is a Minister," I concluded. My thoughts haven't changed. In the years since that experience I've seen the gimmicky slogans of a local congregation evolve into a full-fledged theology. Let me make myself clear: I'm not singling out the Baptists here. ...

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