In a few moments I will be leaving this closet I call an office and heading out into the community to do something I thoroughly enjoy…
My first stop will be The Pines (the assisted living facility here in Jackson). On the first Tuesday of every month I meet with the Salem members living there to bring them communion and to visit. Next, I will go to what many people call my second office: Coffee Choices (I think the title of the place is self-explanatory). In addition to getting my afternoon coffee I hope to run into people to visit with; if not customers then the staff.
And after my coffee stop I will see where the wind blows me.
To some, this may look like I am being lazy and not working, but on the contrary, this is extremely important work. To be a minister of the Gospel; whether a called pastor or a lay person, you need to go out to where people are at. You need to engage people in their context. You need to listen to people and relate to what they are going through. And to do this ministry you need to get out there.
You can’t just sit and wait for people to find you; you need to find them. You need to take the initiative. You need to take advantage of opportunities that God gives you. I am not saying that as a Christian that you need to have a sermon ready to preach to everyone you meet. What I am saying is that you need to be ready to show love to everyone and to do that you need to get off your butt.
It’s really simply ministry when you think about it; you get some exercise and maybe a cup of coffee or two.
So here I go. My butt is leaving this chair. Will I see you out there?
The pastor -|—