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MINISTRY IN THE HERE AND NOW

Reverend Pennie Stallworth

Ministry (sharing the good news) has not changed in location and focus since the time of Jesus. The capacity to share has exponentially increased. Paul preached in the synagogue, the brick-and-mortar location. He had good news for those who were religious and needed salvation. He had to go further than those coming inside to expand their knowledge. Paul went into the streets to speak with anyone that would listen. He sent letters to be shared. He shared in prison and on the side of the road. Our spirit with the state of the world should be as Paul’s was, stirred up to reach the lost, initiate a relationship, change venues, and accept whomever the Lord brings into our path for ministry.

What areas are opened now for ministry different from your grandparent’s experiences as believers? The annual summer revivals, including Tents, are portable to travel during the summer. There were also street ministers on rare occasions. The focused ministry occurred in a designated building. The traditional face-to-face in Sunday morning, evening worship, church school, and evening training programs. Posing the question, “Where is the most common place to hear God’s initial word? Individually, the answers were not similar because individuals are receiving and providing the Word of God on a global spectrum. Participants said TV: streaming, Your Tube, blogs, the internet, and phone. Rarely mentioned was an actual church location. The masses to reach with the word of God seem to be outside of the walls of the building. Does this evidence now focus on the ministry’s efforts? Time can also be important. I remember wanting to convert to Catholicism because I attended Mass once, which was less than an hour. I didn’t understand the content, but it was short and done. I say meet them where they are. The place of ministry in the here and now is not where it used to be. They may not come to 14 Sunday Street. They will come for a concert with family and friends to a downtown community hall. Be there with an invitation to accept Jesus. Take every location, situation, and communication opportunity to glorify God. It is His will and responsibility to give the increase. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10. God expects that we will be willing to be used by him to accomplish his will. He has promised to supply all our needs, go with us, and empower us. He has given us His Spirit, who lives in us, empowers us, teaches us, shows us things that are to come, and keeps us aligned with the will of God.