What does trinitarian theology say about ministry?

Some wonder if trinitarian theology leads to inactivity (if all are included already, why bother with ministry?).  I address this question in a recently posted You're Included interview with Mike Feazell. Click here to watch online.


Craig Kuhlman said…

Thanks for carrying us further down the road.

I have to admit that I began to listen last night and didn't get much further than "ministry in the context of kids in Sunday School." I've been struggling with dualism as it relates to "church" ministry, and signed out.

Thankfully, I picked up again this evening and heard the second half and truly appreciate your emphasis on ministry as what Jesus does in us throughout life.

Granted, the teens I've taught and impacted over the years in discipleship classes was "ministry." But helping students, young and old, in the University Investment classes I teach, to figure out how to best manage their 401k plan is every bit as much "ministry." Or helping my clients understand what they can continue spending so they don't outlive their retirement is every bit as much "ministry." I'm so glad you emphasized that.

There are far more believers in church that work in their community/marketplace serving in that "type" of "9 to 5" ministry than ministry leaders in church.

I think that is the next frontier to help us get that into our heads and the dualism (that is so natural) out. I still struggle with this as Dr. Deddo asked us in class to describe the ministry situation we are in, and without thinking listed all the "church" ministries I've engaged in over the years on Sunday without even considering what Jesus has been doing in my life from Monday through Friday. Most of my fellow classmates did the same.

Today I read some of the posts on Baxter's site that challenged the, what I might call Sunday dualism that reminded me of that. Because most of us work 9-5 jobs, the more we begin to see "as we are going" as a day-by-day, eventually minute-by-minute involvement of Jesus doing what he does through us in whatever context he has placed and gifted us, will we begin to see ministry as Jesus ministers.

I thank Baxter and his commenters on his recent blogs and your presentation with Mike to hit my memory refresh button.

You're a true blessing to GCI.

Best regards,
Ted Johnston said…
I agree - sharing Jesus' life anywhere and everywhere is real and meaningful ministry (our sharing in Jesus' ministry).

I would also note that there is a particular ministry which we are called to share in as the "church gathered." The church is the assembly of believers called together for the sake of the world.

But this ministry of the "church gathered" does not supplant nor replace the ministries we are involved in as the "church scattered."

"As you are going..." said Jesus, "make disciples."