Small church ministry

This article is part 1 of 2 in the series Small Church Ministry.

The current worldwide coronavirus crisis should cause grave concern for everyone. It gives us pause to reflect on our mortality and how gingerly our lives teeter on the precipice between life and death at every moment. The church should especially consider its place in the world and how it ministers to those in need–in need of the gospel and in need of acts of mercy. Sadly, I am afraid many …

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The Church is not in despair

1 Peter 2:11-17. John 16:16-22. Accounting Last Monday being Tax Day, no doubt, you felt relief. Relief because you had already filed your tax return, because you mailed it off that day, or because you requested an extension for time to file. On the other hand, if you owed taxes with your return, perhaps you weren’t feeling relief so much as exasperation. April 15th, or thereabouts, is the day we’ve …

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Church ruins

An unbroken Church

Lots of folks believe the Church is broken these days. Some of the words they use to describe it: messy, a failure, irrelevant, archaic, and more along this line. And those descriptions come from people who identify themselves as Christians.

What is a parish?

This article is part 2 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In reflecting on Anglican congregations and their connections with their respective geographical communities, we must look at the meaning of the term “parish”. The American Heritage Dictionary offers this definition, which I have abbreviated to the relevant portions. a. An administrative part of a diocese that has its own church in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and some other churches. b.The members of such a parish; a religious community attending one …

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An old paradigm for a new day: reinstituting the parish system

This article is part 1 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In my ministry as a military chaplain, I find myself with a few hundred souls who are my parishioners whether they want to be or not. I minister to them all. With some, I celebrate the sacraments; with others, I listen to their struggles. To all, I share friendship, concern, and compassion. I’m not perfect, of course, but I try to minister to all of them pastorally. This model of …

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